COTABATO CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday named Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz as the new bishop of Zamboanga, His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said.
Cardinal Quevedo made the announcement to priests in the archdiocese of Cotabato and diocese of Kidapawan on Saturday night after he was informed by Papal Nuncio archbishop Giuseppe Pinto about Pope Francis’ announcement in the Vatican.
Dela Cruz, of the Diocesan Clergy of Cotabato (DCC), has been the bishop of Kidapawan since June 2008 when he replaced then Bishop Romulo Valles who was also named bishop of Zamboanga.
Dela Cruz was born on June 24, 1947 in Balasan, Iloilo.
He was ordained on December 8, 1972 in Kidapawan City and became bishop on March 16, 1988.
Before he was named bishop of Kidapawan, dela Cruz was the bishop of Antique after he served as co-adjutor bishop of Basilan. He also served as parish priest in various parishes in the archdiocese of Cotabato and as rector of the Notre Dame Archdiocesan Seminary in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
He studied in Saint Francis Xavier Major Seminary in Davao, and at the Institute on Religious Formation in Saint Louis, Missouri in the US.