On Friday, September 17, the Archdiocese of Manila announced that its new archbishop, Cardinal Jose Advincula, had tested positive for COVID-19. The 69-year-old successor of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle was last seen in public when he celebrated a Mass at the San Felipe Neri Parish Church in Mandaluyong City on September 15, which honor the country’s frontliners.
According to the statement from Fr. Reginald Malicdem, chancellor of the archdiocese, Cardinal Advincula is only experiencing a slight fever, and has no other symptoms. “Aside from a slight fever, he does not feel any other symptoms. He is on quarantine, observing strict protocols. Doctors are also monitoring his condition,” Fr. Malicdem said. (Read: Alert Level 4? Here’s What You Should Know About IATF’s New COVID-19 Alert Level Systems)
The Manila archbishop is fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
“We appeal for your prayers for His Eminence and for all those who are sick with COVID-19,” Fr. Malicdem added.
In another statement, Davao Archbishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Romulo Valles also requested that priests and the Filipino Catholic community pray for the cardinal. (Read: 5 Things to Know About Cardinal-Elect Jose Advincula Jr.)
“I ask my brother bishops to please include in all our daily Mass intentions the full recovery of our dear Cardinal. We also entreat the faithful to pray for the good Cardinal so that he can resume his important ministry in the Archdiocese of Manila and the universal Church,” he said.
The archbishop also prayed for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Lord that they may help bring this pandemic to an end soon.