After numerous postponements, Cardinal Jose Advincula, the Archbishop-elect of Manila, will have his preinstallation rites on Friday, June 18, in his home province of Capiz.
For the first time ever, the Catholic Church in the Philippines will present a cardinal his insignia in his home country instead of the traditional ceremony held at the Vatican. The change of venue is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read: Meet 3 Filipinos Who Work in the Vatican)
“In observance of the health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus, attendance to the event will be per invitation and will be strictly limited,” said Fr. Dedert Duarte, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Capiz. (Read: Cardinal Advincula to Receive ‘Red Hat’ on May 28)
The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese. It will be held at 3:30 PM at the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral in Roxas City, and will be led by Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Charles Brown.
The rites will include the bestowing of the red biretta, a hat worn by cardinals, which symbolizes Cardinal Advincula’s “readiness to act with courage even to the shedding of own blood” for the Christian faith, and for the “freedom and growth” of the Catholic Church.
He will also receive a cardinal ring as a symbol of his fidelity to the Church and will be assigned a titular church in the Diocese of Rome in Italy. A thanksgiving Mass will also be celebrated by Cardinal Advincula.
First Cardinal from Capiz
Cardinal Advincula is the ninth Filipino cardinal and the first from Capiz. He will be installed as Archbishop of Manila on June 24. He was appointed by Pope Francis together with 12 new cardinals around the world in October last year. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Cardinal Tagle as Member of Eastern Churches Congregation)
He is among four living cardinals that include Gaudencio Rosales, Orlando Quevedo, and Luis Antonio Tagle. He has been serving as archbishop of Capiz since 2011.