The Most Rev. Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
The commission, which was established by Pius Pope XII on April 21, 1958, and is currently under the direction of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, is made up of bishops from around the world who have been tasked by Pope Francis with studying the church in Latin America and working to provide it with every possible assistance.
Catholics in these countries often face challenges to their faith life that are unimaginable in the United States, including extreme poverty, intimidation by organized crime, and lack of transportation, Pérez said.
“I express my deep gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence in my ability to provide counsel and serve the best interests of the faithful in Latin America,” he said.
The archbishop added that he looks forward to working with the other members of the commission.