New Cebu auxiliary bishop ’overwhelmed,’ ‘humbled’ by appointment

New Cebu auxiliary bishop ’overwhelmed,’ ‘humbled’ by appointment

Auxiliary Bishop-elect Ruben Labajo of Cebu. ARCHDIOCESE OF CEBU

By CBCP News

June 25, 2022

Manila, Philippines

Auxiliary Bishop-elect Ruben Labajo of Cebu said he was “overwhelmed and humbled” to be appointed to the episcopate by Pope Francis.

Speaking over Radio Veritas on Saturday, he said his appointment was unexpected considering his “weaknesses, inadequacies, and limitations”.

“I am completely overwhelmed by the news,” Labajo said, admitting that it is “challenging” to be a bishop.

He then asked the faithful to continue praying for his new mission, which he described as a “gift” that “is meant to be shared”.

“Please pray for me. Include me in your daily prayers. It is only in Him that I can survive. Give me all your support and prayers,” he added.

Pope Francis on Thursday named Labajo as auxiliary bishop of Cebu.

Prior to his appointment, Labajo has been serving as Vicar General of the archdiocese since 2020.

He will join Bishop Midyphil Billones, the archdiocese’s other auxiliary bishop, in assisting Archbishop Jose Palma in the episcopal shepherding of the archdiocese.

“The appointment of the new auxiliary bishop is certainly a moment of grace,” Palma said.

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