Cardinal Jose Advincula of Capiz will officially assume his post as the new archbishop of Manila next month. He will be installed on June 24 during a Mass at the Manila Cathedral.
According to Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Manila, the Mass will have limited attendance in adherence to the government’s health protocols. Only a few other bishops and the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, will be physically present at the event.
New Archbishop of Manila
On May 18, during the graduation ceremony of St. Pius X Seminary in Capiz, Cardinal Jose Advincula celebrated Mass and bid his farewell to students, teachers, and administrators. He assured them of his prayers and asked them to also pray for his new mission. (Read: 5 Things to Know About Cardinal-Elect Jose Advincula Jr.)
“What will happen to me there I do not know. Yet, I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish the course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace,” the 69-year old cardinal said.
“I assure you of my prayers… but please pray for me that at the end of our life, I may be able to say, like St Paul, we have completed well, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith, and we have become witnesses of the Lord to the world,” he added.
Advincula was appointed by Pope Francis as the new archbishop of Manila on May 25. He will succeed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle who now serves as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Tagle as Member of Vatican ‘Central Bank’)
The archdiocese has been without an archbishop since February 2020, when Tagle left for his new assignment in the Vatican.