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Archbishop Valles Returns to Work as CBCP President After Mild Stroke

Archbishop Romulo Valles has been hospitalized in Davao City on May 23.

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao has returned as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) after being on medical leave since June 2020.

Archbishop Valles had a mild stroke on May 23. Shortly after, he appointed Vice President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan to be the CBCP’s acting president. (Read: Pope Francis Meets New Papal Envoy to the Philippines)

In a letter on Nov. 5, Bishop David informed the bishops that Archbishop Valles “has recovered very well” and is “ready to resume his office as president”.

“After getting a clean bill of health from his doctors, Archbishop Valles has signified his readiness to resume office as our CBCP President,” David wrote. (Read: Cardinal Tagle Opens up About COVID-19 Experience)

Archbishop Valles will preside over the CBCP Permanent Council online meeting on November 25. “As Vice-President, I assured him that I would stay by his side and continue to assist him in whatever way I can,” Bishop David said.

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Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles has been serving as the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines since 2017. (Photo from ABS-CBN News)

Journey to Recovery

Archbishop Valles has been in a hospital in Davao City on May 23 and was discharged on July 6. He contacted hospital-acquired pneumonia, making him stay longer in the hospital. (Read: Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Anti-Corruption Activist, Dies of COVID-19)

The CBCP thanks those who prayed and offered moral support for the Archbishop’s recovery.

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