Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On June 25, 2019, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr. Alessandro Barelli, of the Society of Francesco di Sales, Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), as
the first National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Lithuania for five years (2019-2024 ).
Fr. Barelli was born in Turin (Italy) on 11 February 1969. In 1989 he professed his first vows as a Salesian of Don Bosco, and in 1997 he was ordained a priest. In 1998 he was sent missionary to Lithuania. Since 2004 he has also Lithuanian citizenship. In addition to the new task entrusted to him, he will continue to work as pastor of the parish of "St. John Bosco" in Vilnius ", in charge of the oratory and editor of the Salesian Bulletin in Lithuanian language. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 25/7/2019)