Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of Bangued, Abra became the recent member of the Philippine clergy to have COVID-19.
In a brief statement, the 61-year-old bishop confirmed that he was infected by the novel coronavirus. “Yesterday, I had my swab test. The result is positive,” he said. (Read: Cebu Archbishop Encourages Public To Get Their COVID-19 Vaccines)
Bishop Pol, as he is called by those who know him, shared that he is fully vaccinated, but COVID-19 has not escaped him. He added that his close contacts should notify the Regional Health Units (RHUs) if they feel any symptoms.
“Let us pray for one another. God heals,” Bishop Pol ended his message.
Veteran journalist passes away
Apart from Bishop Pol’s positive swab result, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also announced that a beloved member of CBCP Media has passed away.
On Friday, August 27, veteran journalist Carmelo “Melo” Acuña succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 64. According to his wife Jhona, he passed away at 2:30AM at the Quezon City General Hospital after a brief bout with the novel coronavirus. (Read: LIST: 3 Doctors To Subscribe To In YouTube For Legitimate COVID-19 Content)
Melo and Jhona were admitted on August 24, after they both tested positive for COVID-19, and late Thursday night, Melo was already in critical condition.
The journalist worked for Radio Veritas from 1994 until he became station manager, and since 2008 was working for Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
In the past week, COVID-19 cases have been reaching numbers above 15,000–with the most recent data stating over 22,000 infections in a single day.
Let us offer prayers for the healing of Bishop Pol and for the eternal repose of the soul of Melo Acuña.