Bishop Pabillo now Covid-19 negative

Bishop Pabillo now Covid-19 negative

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila. FILE PHOTO

By CBCP News

August 3, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Bishop Broderick Pabillo is now negative for the coronavirus, after announcing on July 23 that he had contracted the disease.

Speaking at a webinar on Saturday, the administrator of the Manila archdiocese thanked those who prayed for his fast recovery.

“I have no more virus,” Pabillo said. “I attribute this to your prayers. Prayers are really powerful.”

The prelate earlier said he is asymptomatic.

Meanwhile, another bishop was diagnosed with the virus that has already infected more than 103,000 people in the country.

Retired Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez of Kalookan has been tested positive for Covid-19 on August 1.

Since his retirement in 2013, Bishop Iñiguez has been staying at the National Shrine and Parish of the Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan.

According to the parish, the 79-year-old prelate is isolated in the hospital “but in stable condition”.

“We urge everyone for fervent prayers to ask the mercy of God for Bishop Deogracias’ speedy recovery,” the parish said.

As a safety precaution, services at the shrine have also been suspended until all priests and personnel in the rectory are tested negative from the virus.

“We assure the public that we are doing all necessary health protocols to stop the spread of the virus,” it said.