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Former Negros bishop to assume as archbishop of Manila June 24

Capiz Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, who served as bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros from 2001-2011, will officially assume his post as the 33rd Archbishop of Manila next month.

Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo confirmed the details of the event in a message to reporters.

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles Brown, will celebrate the Mass for Advincula’s installation at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on June 24.

The archdiocese is set to release the full details of the installation ceremony next week.

Before his scheduled installation, Advincula will receive his “red hat” and ring as symbols of his position in the Catholic hierarchy from the papal nuncio during Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Roxas City, Capiz on May 28.

On May 18, Advincula, 69, celebrated Mass for the graduates and completers of St. Pius X Seminary in Roxas City, Capiz, where he bade farewell to students, teachers, and administrators.

He assured them of his prayers and asked them to also pray for his new mission.

“What will happen to me there, I do not know. Yet, I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish the course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace,” Advincula said.

“I assure you of my prayers…but please pray for me that at the end of our life, I may be able to say, like St Paul, we have completed well, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith, and we have become witnesses of the Lord to the world,” he added.

On March 25, Pope Francis appointed Advincula to head the Manila archdiocese, which is home to over three million Catholics.

The prelate from Capiz replaced Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who is now the head prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People in the Vatican.*PNA

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