Pope Francis names Cardinal Tagle’s successor in Manila archdiocese

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Vatican Metropolis, Mar 25, 2021 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Thursday named Cardinal Jose Fuerte Advincula as the subsequent archbishop of Manila within the Philippines, succeeding Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

The Holy See press office made the long-awaitedannouncementMarch 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Advincula, the current archbishop of Capiz, central Philippines, was created a cardinal on Nov. 28, 2020.

The cardinal, who turns 69 on March 30, takes over the management of Manila archdiocese from Tagle, who was appointed prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on Dec. 8, 2019.

Tagle left for Rome in February 2020 after serving as Manila archbishop since 2011. Bishop Broderick Pabillo, a Manila auxiliary bishop, acted as apostolic administrator because the pope thought-about who to call as the subsequent archbishop.

The appointment makes Advincula probably the most outstanding Church chief within the Philippines, which has the world’s third-largest Catholic inhabitants after Brazil and Mexico. Round 85% of the country’s estimated 110 million individuals are baptized Catholics.

The cardinal will shepherd an archdiocese with roughly 2.5 million Catholics, considerably larger than Capiz archdiocese, which has round 800,00zero Catholics.

The Philippines is presently dealing with a brand new wave of COVID-19 infections. The federal government has stated that it'llforcechurch buildings to close if clergymen maintain public Plenty in defiance of public health orders.

Advincula was born on March 30, 1952, in Dumalag, Capiz archdiocese. After his elementary research in Dumalag, he entered the high school of the St. Pius X seminary in Roxas Metropolis, where he also studied philosophy. He later attended courses in theology at the Pontifical and Royal College of Santo Tomas of Manila.

He was ordained a priest of Capiz archdiocese on April 14, 1976. He was then named a religious director of the St. Pius X Seminary, while also serving as a professor and dean of research.

He studied psychology on the De La Salle University of Manila and canon regulation at the University of Santo Tomas and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas &- Angelicum in Rome, obtaining a licentiate in canon regulation.

He then served in the seminary of Vigan, Nueva Segovia, and the regional seminary of Jaro. In 1995, he was appointed rector of the St. Pius X Seminary, in addition to defender of the bond, promoter of justice and, finally, judicial vicar of Capiz. In 1999, he turned parish priest of St. Thomas of Villanueva in Dao.

Pope John Paul II named him bishop of San Carlos on July 25, 2001, he was consecrated on Sept. 8 that yr. Benedict XVI appointed him archbishop of Capiz on Nov. 9, 2011.

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