CBCP to elect new president

CBCP to elect new president

CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles (right) and vice president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David during a press conference in Manila in July 2018. FILE PHOTO

By Roy Lagarde

July 1, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The country’s Catholic bishops will convene virtually next week to elect their new president and other officials.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expects close to 130 active and retired members as its holds its plenary assembly.

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao is to begin the two-day meeting on July 8 with his final address as president after serving a two-term of four years.

The bishops will also elect Bishop Pablo Virgilio David’s successor as vice president and nine regional representatives of their Permanent Council.

Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, CBCP Secretary General, said the bishops will also vote for a new treasurer and chairmen of the different commissions of the episcopal conference.

He said the new leaders will assume their respective roles on Dec. 1, 2021.

Due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, Pantin said that the meeting will be held online for the second time.

He said the meeting will be preceded by a two-day online retreat from July 5 to 6. On the following day, the permanent council will finalize the agenda of the plenary meetings.

Among the topics, the priest added, is a discussion on the two-year consultative preparatory phase involving dioceses worldwide for the Synod of Bishops on synodality at the Vatican in 2023.

The bishops traditionally issue a pastoral statement after their plenary assembly.

The CBCP meets in regular sessions twice a year – in January and in July. When they are not in session, the permanent council acts on behalf of the conference.

The pandemic, however, prevented the bishops from gathering in July last year.

To date, the CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, two diocesan administrators, and 41 honorary members.

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