Pope Francis on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, named Father Hernaldo Pinto Farias, S.S.S., as the new bishop of the Diocese of Bonfim in the northern Bahia region of the Archdiocese of Feira de Santana in Brazil.
Rev. Fr. Hernaldo Pinto Farias, S.S.S., was born on June 24, 1964, in Vitória da Conquista, in the homonymous archdiocese, in the State of Bahia. He completed his studies in Philosophy at the Faculdades Associadas do Ipiranga and at the Instituto Teológico São Paulo (ITESP), both in São Paulo. He obtained a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology with a specialization in Liturgy at the Pontifical Faculty Nossa Senhora da Assunção in São Paulo. Then he obtained the License and the Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical University Sant’Anselmo in Rome.