Palma, Rañola discharged from hospital after Covid-19 recovery

Palma, Rañola discharged from hospital after Covid-19 recovery

Archbishop Jose Palma and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Antonio Rañola of Cebu. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CEBU

By CBCP News

February 28, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Cebu archdiocese’s two Catholic bishops have been discharged from hospital Sunday after recovering from Covid-19.

Archbishop Jose Palma and retired Auxiliary Bishop Antonio Rañola arrived at their residence at around 5:00 p.m. after 10 days in the hospital.

In a video message, the archbishop thanked the medical workers who treated them and those who prayed for their speedy recovery.

“It’s nice to be home to resume our duties and ministries,” Palma said.

The archbishop also asked the faithful to continue praying for other people who are infected with Covid-19, especially those who died from the virus.

“For us who are given another opportunity to continue our ministry, we say praise God,” he said.

Despite the pandemic, he said that they have so much to be thankful for with the upcoming 500 Years of Christianity (500YOC) celebration.

The archdiocese will launch the year-long commemoration on April 14, to also mark the 500th anniversary of the first baptism in the Philippines that happened in Cebu.

“We have so much to prepare for, so much to celebrate and we have a legacy to share,” he said. “And with you, we say the 500YOC will continue.”

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