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Peruvian bishops' conference chooses non-confrontational leadership

January 26, 2012

Peru’s Catholic bishops have chosen Archbishop Salvador Piñeiro Garcia-Calderon of Ayacucho as president of their episcopal conference. The vote was a setback for Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima.

Cardinal Cipriani, the primate of Peru, has been defeated four times as a candidate for the presidency of the episcopal conference. A member of Opus Dei and stalwart defender of Catholic orthodoxy, he may be seen by his colleagues as confrontational in his approach to pastoral problems.


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