Pope names Japan’s Cardinal Maeda his envoy to Manila Cathedral’s 60th restoration anniversary

Pope names Japan’s Cardinal Maeda his envoy to Manila Cathedral’s 60th restoration anniversary

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka as his special envoy at celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral postwar on Dec. 8, 2018. PAUL HARING/CNS

By Roy Lagarde

October 30, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has named Japan’s Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda to represent him for the Manila Cathedral’s 60th anniversary of its post-war reconstruction.

Cardinal Maeda, the archbishop of Osaka, will celebrate the Mass at Manila’s minor basilica which takes place on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

“We thank the Holy Father Pope Francis for appointing Cardinal Maeda as his special envoy… as a sign of his paternal closeness to the Filipinos,” the Manila Cathedral said in a statement.

Cardinal Maeda is currently the vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ).

Last April 12, he celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral, and after a month was named a cardinal on May 20 by Pope Francis.

Born in 1949, Cardinal Maeda was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Nagasaki in 1975.

Over the years, he served as a parish priest, editor of the diocesan bulletin, head of the diocesan Commission for Social Communications, and vicar forane.

He also served as secretary general of the CBCJ from 2006 until his episcopal election.

On Sept. 23, 2011, he was consecrated as bishop of Hiroshima.

Three years later, Pope Francis appointed him as archbishop of Osoka.