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Fr. Acacio Valbuena: 1922-2011
13/05/2011 Spain

On May 4, Fr. Acacio VALBUENA, the retired Apostolic Prefect for Western Sahara, died. His missionary service was as broad and diverse as his life. He worked in Argentina; he was a provincial, a novice master and an Apostolic Prefect.

On February 25, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI had accepted his resignation from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Prefecture of Western Sahara, submitted because of his age.

Acacio Valbuena had governed this Apostolic Prefecture since July 10, 1994. Born in the town of Horcadas - León on May 8, 1922, he was ordained a priest on March 17, 1945.

He was a hard worker, dedicated and generous, outgoing and realistic. A great Oblate has left us. His funeral Mass was celebrated at Diego de León on May 6. Afterwards, his body was taken to Pozuelo de Alarcón. (Nosotros OMI)