Pope Francis has appointed 13 new cardinals including Filipino Archbishop from Capiz, Jose Advincula. He, along with the other new cardinals will be elevated at a consistory on November 28.
The 68-year-old Advincula is the ninth Filipino cardinal. He joins Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales, and Rufino Santos. (Read: What exactly will Cardinal Tagle be doing as new cardinal-bishop?)
As a cardinal, Advincula will serve as the adviser of Pope Francis since he has not reached the mandatory retirement age of 80. He is also eligible to join the conclave. There are only 219 cardinals in the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church—only 122 can elect the Pope’s successor.
Who is Cardinal Jose Advincula?
The cardinal-elect has been serving as archbishop of Capiz since January 2012. He was born in Dumalag, Capiz, and was ordained in 1976. In 2001, he was appointed bishop of San Carlos, which he served for 10 years until he was transferred to Capiz to become the province’s fourth archbishop.
Archbishop Advincula is currently the vice-chairman of the Committee on International Eucharistic Congress and the Office on Women.
As far as history is concerned, Filipino cardinals often came from Manila and Cebu—bastions of faith in the country that are prominent in other parts of the world. (Read: Cardinal: ‘We Must Return to the Eucharist as Soon as Possible’)
After the retirement and death of Cebu’s Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, Catholics have expected Pope Francis to name Archbishop Jose Palma as cardinal.
However, true to how the world sees him, Pope Francis has opted to give focus on the world’s peripheries. Through this action, he is changing the profile of the college of cardinals that has the capacity to choose his successor who he hopes would continue his reforms.
The last Filipino cardinal he named, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, was the first from Mindanao.