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Retired Bishop Sorra of Legazpi dies aged 91

Retired Bishop Sorra of Legazpi dies aged 91

Bishop Emeritus Jose Sorra of Legazpi.

By CBCP News

January 21, 2021

Legazpi City, Albay

Philippines’ oldest bishop, Jose Sorra of Legazpi, has died Thursday at the age of 91.

He passed way around midnight “due to respiratory failure secondary to pulmonary embolism,” said Bishop Joel Baylon, Legazpi’s current bishop.

“We ask for your prayers for his eternal rest,” said Bishop Baylon said.

Bishop Sorra was ordained a priest for the Legazpi diocese in 1956.

In 1972, he served as Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines until he was appointed as the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Virac in 1974.

In 1993, he was named the fourth bishop of Legazpi, where he served until his retirement in 2005.

Bishop Sorra was also known to have started the youth apostolate in the Philippines, which he established when he was bishop of Virac.

In the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, he served as the first chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Youth after its creation in 1986.


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