Pope Francis has appointed the new bishops for Taytay in Palawan and Malaybalay in Bukidnon. The announcement was made by the Apostolic Nuncio himself, Archbishop Charles Brown, on Tuesday.
Before the June 29 Mass celebration for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Manila Cathedral, Brown announced that Bishop Broderick Pabillo will be the new bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay.
“I know that you will be sorely missed here in Manila… But the Holy Father is asking you to take on a new and challenging mission in Palawan,” Brown told Pabillo, who is currently the Apostolic Administrator of the Manila Archdiocese.
Pabillo will replace Bishop Edgardo Juanich who resigned in 2018 due to health reasons. (Read: Bishop Pabillo Urges Church Leaders Not to Remain Silent)
Meanwhile, Monsignor Noel Pedregosa, the diocesan administrator of Malaybalay, will be the new bishop of the diocese in Bukidnon.
“We promise him the support of our prayers as he begins his mission in Bukidnon,” Brown said.
New Bishop of Taytay
Born in 1955, Pabillo was ordained a priest by Cardinal Jaime Sin in 1982. For more than two decades, he did missionary work in different towns in the Philippines until Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Apostolic Administrator of Manila in 2006. From then, he has held the position until now.
Currently, Pabillo is also the chair of the Commission on the Laity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
He also previously chaired the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Action-Justice and Peace and the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate.
New Bishop of Malaybalay
Meanwhile, 56-year-old Pedregosa is a Malaybalay-born who was ordained a priest in 1991. He has been serving the Malaybalay Diocese as vicar general and rector of the town’s Cathedral for four years now.
Pedregosa will succeed Archbishop Jose Cabantan who left his post in August 2020 to assume a new bishop role in Cagayan de Oro.