Archbishops Garcera, Jumoad receive pallium from Pope Francis

Archbishops Garcera, Jumoad receive pallium from Pope Francis

L-R Archbishops Gilbert Garcera of Lipa and Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz receive the pallium from Pope Francis during Mass on the Feasts of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peters Square at the Vatican, June 29, 2017. CTV/SCREENGRAB

MANILA— Pope Francis yesterday gave the pallium to 32 new metropolitan archbishops from around the world, including two from the Philippines.

At a Mass during the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the Vatican, archbishops Gilbert Garcera of Lipa and Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz received their pallium from the pontiff.

The pallium will be officially conferred in a formal ceremony with the apostolic nuncio in their home archdiocese.

In the past, the ceremonies were held at the Vatican. In 2015, however, Pope Francis changed the practice as a sign of “synodality” with local Churches and allow more people to witness the event.

The pallium is a vestment made of white wool only worn by the pontiff and by archbishops. The pope uses the pallium to symbolize the plenitude of pontifical office.

For archbishops, it signifies the authority given to them by the pope over their respective archdioceses as well as unity with the Holy See.

In his homily, the pope assured the archbishops that God will accompany them in their journey just as what He did to His apostles.

“He will remain close to you too, dear brother archbishops who, in receiving the pallium, will be strengthened to spend your lives for the flock, imitating the Good Shepherd who bears you on his shoulders,” Pope Francis said.

Garcera, 58, was appointed as Lipa archbishop on Feb. 2, 2017. He was officially installed as the head of the archdiocese last April 22.

Jomuad, meanwhile, was installed as archbishop of Ozamiz on November 30, 2016, almost two months after the Pope appointed him to takeover the post. CBCPNews