Another Cebu bishop, priest test positive for coronavirus

Another Cebu bishop, priest test positive for coronavirus

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Antonio Rañola during the Ash Wednesday Mass with the members of the archbishop’s residence household in Cebu City on Feb. 17, 2021. SCREENSHOT/CACSC

By CBCP News

February 20, 2021

Manila, Philippines

An elderly bishop who stays in the same residence as Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu has contracted coronavirus and has been hospitalized in the city.

In a statement issued Saturday evening, the Cebu archdiocese said that retired Auxiliary Bishop Antonio Rañola’s health condition is stable.

The 88-year old bishop, the archdiocese said, was admitted to a hospital on Friday morning due to “severe coughing”.

“His vital signs are stable and is also under close medical supervision by his doctors,” it said.

The archdiocese added that one of its priests, Fr. Russel Sungcad, was also hospitalized for Covid-19.

Sungcad is currently assigned at the Alliance of Two Hearts Parish in the city’s Banawa district.

Palma, on the other hand, remains to be in a stable condition after testing positive for Covid-19 on February 18.

“He is under close medical monitoring by his doctors,” the archdiocese said.

“Let us continue to pray for the recovery of our bishops and brother priest,” it also said.

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