Archbishop Valles celebrates first Mass after mild stroke

Archbishop Valles celebrates first Mass after mild stroke

Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, celebrates Mass at his residence in Davao City on May 23, 2020. SCREENSHOT/DXGN-FM FACEBOOK PAGE

By CBCP News

July 18, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao has celebrated his first Mass for his 69th birthday last week after a recent stroke, his close aide said on Saturday.

Msgr. Paul Cuison, Vicar General of the Davao archdiocese, said it was a private gathering held in the archbishop’s residence on July 10.

The priest assured that the archbishop is recovering well after he was hospitalized for more than a month due to mild stroke.

“I am happy to let you know that he is getting back to his normal self in an almost miraculous way, with only a slight problem of his physical movement which is also showing great improvement,” Msgr. Cuison said.

“I am optimistic that it would be a matter of days and he will be back to celebrate public masses with the faithful,” he said.

Archbishop Valles, who is the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, was brought to the hospital on May 23 and was discharged on July 6.

Msgr. Cuison said the archbishop stayed longer in the healthcare facility due to hospital-acquired pneumonia.

“But he has long been declared by his physicians as stable,” according to the priest.

He said the archdiocese thanks those who continue to pray for Archbishop Valles’ full recovery.

At the bishops’ conference, CBCP Vice President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan is currently the acting president of the bishops’ collegial body.