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Ilagan bishop resigns for health reasons

Ilagan bishop resigns for health reasons

Ilagan Bishop Emeritus Joseph Nacua

MANILA — Almost two years of suffering from stroke have given toll on Capuchin Bishop Joseph Nacua of Ilagan. 

Pope Francis accepted Nacua’s resignation for health reasons on Feb. 25 as of Ilagan diocese in Isabela province.

In 2015, Nacua suffered stroke and was hospitalized. At 72, he is three years younger than the age at which bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope. 

Fr. Gregorio Uanan, Judicial Vicar of the diocese, said the prelate is slowly recovering but the stroke impacted on his mobility. 

“We have a huge diocese and it’s hard for him already so he thought that it would be best for him to just retire,” Uanan said. 

Nacua is the first Capuchin missionary in the country to be appointed bishop in June 2008. He served Ilagan diocese with more 1.2 million Catholics for almost nine years. 

Currently, six more dioceses in the country have no bishops. Aside from Ilagan, these include the dioceses of  Daet, Bayombong, Iba, Isabela, Kabankalan, and Mati.  (CBCPNews)