Pope appoints Palma member of Pontifical Council for Culture

Pope appoints Palma member of Pontifical Council for Culture

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu. ALREN JEROME BERONIO

By Roy Lagarde

November 11, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu as one of the members of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Archbishop Palma was among the eight new member appointees to the Roman Curia office, most of them are cardinals.

The 69-year-old former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is the only Asian among the appointees who are mostly Europeans.

While attending to his pastoral work in Cebu, Palma will also now work with the dicastery led by biblical scholar and Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

A bishop for 21, years, Palma has been serving Cebu, the country’s largest archdiocese, since 2011.

Pope John Paul II established the Council in 1982 with the aim of establishing a dialogue between the Church and the cultures of modern times.

Basically, the office has its roots in the Second Vatican Council’s vision to address challenges of unbelief and religious indifference in modern society.

The Council also touches on other important areas of society: science, the arts, the economy, and the value and care of the artistic and historic patrimony of the Church.