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Bishops’ comings and goings

MANILA (Agencies) : During a busy week, the Philippine bishops reelected Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the president of their conference, Luis Cardinal Tagle was appointed by the pope as a member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican aid organisation, and Cebu was told it will get two new bishops.

Archbishop Romulo Valles was relected as vice president.

Cardinal Tagle was made the president of Caritas Internationalis around two months ago and now has become a member of the Vatican’s own agency, Cor Unum.

It has sponsored housing projects in the devastated areas of The Philippines in the wake of typhoons and has been active in Haiti since 2010 when an earthquake virtually destroyed all infrastructure around the capital, Port au Prince.

Cor Unum was founded in 1971 by Pope Paul VI.

Cebu is slated to get two new auxiliary bishops. One, Monsignor Dennis Villarojo, is a local from the archdiocese, but the second, Father Oscar Florencio, is to become the first bishop chosen from the archdiocese of Palo in 28 years, CBCP News reported.

“I am very happy, especially for Palo. The last bishop that has been appointed was 28 years ago, Bishop Leonardo Medroso (from Tagbilaran in Bohol) in 1987 and now he is already retiring,” Archbishop John Du, from Palo, said.

Father Florencio will be ordained a bishop in the newly-refurbished cathedral in Palo on September 10 by Archbishop Du, who began life as a bishop in Cebu.

Although the archdiocese of Cebu already has one auxiliary, Bishop Emilio Bataclan, he is approaching 75 and will reach the mandatory age in September.

Father Florencio is 49-years-old and was born in Capoocan, Leyte. He was ordained a priest on 3 April 1990.

 

Father Villarojo was born in Cebu City and ordained a priest on 10 June 1994. He is 48-years-old.