Cardinal Advincula asks prayers for his new mission

Cardinal Advincula asks prayers for his new mission

Cardinal Jose Advincula, the archbishop-elect of Manila. PHOTO FROM CASAC

By Roy Lagarde

March 26, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Jose Advincula, the newly appointed archbishop of Manila, asked the faithful to accompany him with prayers as he takes his new mission.

The outgoing Capiz archbishop said he takes his new appointment as a “blessing” from God through the pope.

“I take this blessing not only for myself but also for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Capiz and of course for the entire Philippines,” Advincula said.

Pope Francis on Thursday named the cardinal, who turns 69 on March 30, as the 33rd Manila achbishop.

Manila is the Philippines’ first diocese, with the entire country under its jurisdiction, before becoming an archdiocese in 1595.

“I am asking the faithful and the religious of Capiz to pray for me as I also pray for everybody,” he said.

Advincula replaced Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who had been serving as Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples since February last year.

The Manila archdiocese has been vacant since then, but under the pastoral care of Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo as apostolic administrator.

With 3 million Catholics in 86 parishes, Manila is one of the country’s largest ecclesiastical jurisdiction, which covers 9 suffragan dioceses.

Advincula’s appointment came almost four months after he was created cardinal along with 12 others on Nov. 28 last year.

Due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the cardinal was not able to attend the consistory in the Vatican. He joined the celebration remotely from Capiz through live streaming.

Before the appointment, Archbishop Charles John Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, was set to visit Capiz on May 28 to bestow the “red hat” and cardinal’s ring upon Advincula.

“As of now the nuncio still have that schedule. No changes so far,” said Fr. Emilio Arbatin, the archdiocese’s spokesperson.

According to canon law, a bishop must proceed to the diocese to which he has been transferred and take canonical possession of it within two months.

No date has been set yet for the installation of Advincula as the new Manila archbishop.

But the cardinal, Arbatin added, is expected to be in Manila by mid-June.

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