The Holy Father, Pope Francis has nominated fr Jorge ngel Saldas Pedraza as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of La Paz in Bolivia and the Titular Bishop of Phelbes. He is from the Dominican Vice Province of Bolivia.
Msgr. Saldas was born at Buena Vista-La Arboleda, Bolivia in 1968. He joined the Order in 1993 and after his novitiate at Cochabamba, he made his first profession of religious vows in 1994. He studied theology at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Teolgicos (ISET) at Cochabamba and was ordained to the priesthood in 2001.
He has been engaged in various pastoral works: Parish Priest and Rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Cotoca; Rector of the Chapel of St Catherine at the Parish of the Virgin of Socavon, Maica, Cochabamba; Member of the Presbyterian Council of the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz and Vicar Provincial of the Provincial Vicariate of Bolivia (of the Province of St Albert the Great, USA)
At the time of the nomination, he was the Parish Priest and Rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Cotoca at Santa Cruz de la Sierra; Parish Priest of the Parish of Our Lady of Candelaria at Paurito, the Episcopal Vicar of the Vicariate of Cotoca and a Judge at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He was also the Superior of the Dominican community at Cotoca.

(25 March 2014)