For first time, Neocatechumenal Way bishop to lead mainland US diocese (CNA)

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Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Miami as the new Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Maltese prelate, ordained to the priesthood at 35, was once technical manager of a Canada Dry bottling plant. He belongs to the Neocatechumenal Way, an ecclesial movement which has been described by the Associated Press as “on occasion, controversial and divisive.”