In somber news, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter he released Thursday to Manila’s parish priests, Bishop Pabillo said that he is asymptomatic but will undergo quarantine. He is the first Philippine bishop to have contracted the disease that has already infected almost 80,000 Filipinos. (Read: Meet the new Apostolic Administrator of Manila, Bishop Broderick Pabillo)
“Although I do not feel anything, I follow the protocol that is set. I am now in a designated area for quarantine observing strict protocol as required,” Bishop Pabillo said. He added that his condition is being closely monitored and that he takes healthy food and vitamins, and do physical exercise.
His staff has been tested negative of the virus, he said.
Visiting the Poor
Since the lockdown was implemented, Bishop Pabillo has been visiting poor communities in Manila. He has been with the victims of the recent fire incidents in Tondo and was in Pandacan a day after the fire that ravaged the Sto. Niño Parish Church earlier this month.
Upon knowing that he’s positive of the virus, Bishop Pabillo said that they have immediately informed people he was in close contact with in the last week “so that they may follow necessary safety measures.” (Read: Catholic Church to Implement Contact Tracing in Parishes)
“I know this virus will pass, so please do not worry about me, although prayers would be very much appreciated,” said Bishop Pabillo.
“It is in this spirit that I announce that I am tested positive with Covid-19 with the RT-PCR test. Although I do not feel anything, I follow the protocol that is set.” – – Bishop Broderick PabilloPosted by Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications on Thursday, July 23, 2020
According to Bishop Pabillo, scheduled online meetings will still continue. He has also appointed priests to celebrate Mass in the Manila Cathedral and to read the homilies he prepared.