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Pope Francis Names Cebuano Priest as New Papal Chaplain

Another Filipino joins Lolo Kiko in the Vatican!

A 36-year-old Cebuano priest has been granted the honorific rank of “Chaplain of His Holiness” by Pope Francis.

Fr. Jan Thomas Limchua, a priest from the Archdiocese of Cebu, has been granted the title “Monsignor” by Pope Francis after being named Papal Chaplain or a member of the Papal Household. (Read: Meet 3 Filipinos Who Work in the Vatican)

The good news was announced by Msgr. Limchua in a statement on Facebook.

“With much humility and gratitude, I share to you the news that His Holiness Pope Francis has deigned to grant me the honorific rank of ‘Chaplain of His Holiness’ (Monsignore Cappellano di Sua Santita) thus making me officially part of the Pontifical Family,” Msgr. Limchua wrote.

What is a Papal Chaplain?

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(Left) Generic coat of arms of a Chaplain of His Holiness (Photos from Wikipedia and Kai Pilger from Pexels)

A Papal Chaplain is a title bestowed upon a priest by the Pope. He will garner certain privileges with respect to ecclesiastical dress and vestments. (Read: Pope Francis Welcomes New Swiss Guards to the Vatican)

Before he was given the title, Msgr. Limchua was appointed as an official of the Section for the Relations with States of the Holy See by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin. 

Who is Msgr. Jan Limchua?

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Photos from 500 Years of Christianity – Archdiocese of Cebu and Jan T Limchua Facebook

Msgr. Limchua was ordained at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in 2010. He proceeded to continue his studies to get a doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. (Read: Poland opens ‘John Paul II Institute of Culture’ to honor the Saint Pope)

He underwent diplomatic formation at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy—then Diplomatic School of the Holy See—and entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 2014. He served the Apostolic Nunciature in Benin and Togo (West Africa) and in Egypt.

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