Chiapas: Mons. Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez Becomes New Bishop of San Cristobal


On January 3rd, Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez. originally from Guanajuato, took office as bishop of San Cristobal de Las Casas, replacing Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, He will be the 39th bishop of this diocese.

In the celebration that marked the beginning of his new episcopal ministry, with the presence of the Papal Nuncio, Franco Coppola, other priests and thousands of parishioners, he pledged “to pray and help in the relationship with others overcome corruption, resentment, violence, everything that invades us and seeks to dominate and take over the territory, our communities and our lives and intends to overcome us.” He also committed himself to “the creation of God who is the earth and all its natural resources, nature of which human beings are also part, being created as a marvel in the likeness and image of God.” He stressed that, “it is urgent to reorder and restore the wonder of creation.”

In her participation, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Maria del Refugio Esparza Macias invited the new bishop to “walk together towards our dream of being an autochthonous, liberating, evangelizing, servant, communion and under the guidance of the Spirit”, characteristics that make up the III Diocesan synod that has been promoting the diocesan process since the end of the bishopric of Samuel Ruiz Garcia (1924-2011).

For more information in Spanish:

Rodrigo Aguilar pide “superar rencores” al asumir como obispo de San Cristóbal de las Casas (Proceso, 3 de enero de 2017)

Asume nuevo obispo de San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Cuarto Poder, 4 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Asume nuevo obispo de San Cristóbal (Cuarto Poder, 4 de enero de 2017)

Chiapas: Obispo de Tehuacán, próximo titular de la diócesis de San Cristóbal (8 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: El obispo Felipe Arzimendi presenta su renuncia al Papa (8 de mayo de 2015)

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