The Catholic bishops of the Philippines will convene virtually this week for the election of their new president and other officials.
The CBCP expects close to 130 active and retired members to attend the plenary assembly.
Outgoing President Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao will begin the two-day meeting on July 8. He will be delivering his final address as president after serving two terms or a total of four years. (Read: Archbishop Valles Returns to Work as CBCP President After Mild Stroke)
The bishops will also elect Bishop Pablo Virgilio David’s successor as vice president and nine regional representatives of their Permanent Council.
Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, CBCP Secretary-General, said the bishops will also vote for a new treasurer and chairmen of the different commissions of the episcopal conference. (Read: CBCP Appoints Leyte Priest as New Secretary-General)
The new leaders will assume their respective roles on Dec. 1, 2021.
The meeting will be held online for the second time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be preceded by a two-day online retreat, after which the council will finalize the agenda of the plenary meetings. (Read: PH Bishops Offer Church Facilities as Vaccination Hubs)
Among the topics, the priest added, is a discussion on the two-year consultative preparatory phase involving dioceses worldwide for the Synod of Bishops on synodality at the Vatican in 2023.
Pre-pandemic, the CBCP would meet in January and July. However, the pandemic prevented the bishops from gathering in July last year.
To date, the CBCP is composed of 87 active bishops, two diocesan administrators, and 41 honorary members.