The “red hat ceremony” for Cardinal Jose Advincula has been rescheduled from May 28 to June 8. It comes after the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, declared his unavailability on the first declared date.
According to Fr. Emilio Arbatin, spokesperson of the Capiz archdiocese, Archbishop Brown has just arrived in Manila from a trip to his home city in New York. He is currently undergoing the government-mandated 14-day quarantine in compliance with COVID-19 health protocols.
Arbatin said the red hat ceremony will be held in Roxas City at the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral on June 8, 9:00 am. (Read: 5 Things to Know About Cardinal Jose Advincula Jr.)
33rd Archbishop of Manila
Advincula, 69, is the country’s ninth cardinal, following cardinals Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales and Rufino Santos. (Read: Pope Francis Names Archbishop From Capiz as New Filipino Cardinal)
On March 25, Pope Francis appointed him as the new Archbishop of Manila, succeeding Tagle who now heads the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He will be officially installed as the 33rd Archbishop of Manila on June 24.
Other Activities Postponed
The red hat ceremony is not the only activity that has been rescheduled due to the 14-day quarantine of the papal nuncio. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines)
Also postponed is the canonical coronation of the image of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Capas in Tarlac, which was initially scheduled to be led by Archbishop Brown on May 31.
The coronation and Brown’s pastoral visit to the Diocese of Tarlac will now be held on Saturday, June 5.