• Pope Francis appoints 2 new Filipino bishops


    Pope Francis has appointed Iba Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias as the new archbishop of San Fernando De Pampanga and priest Severo Caemare as the new bishop of Dipolog City.

    In an article posted on its website, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Lavarias succeeds Archbishop Paciano Basilio Aniceto, 77, who has reached retirement age.

    Under the Church’s Code of Canon Law, bishops must submit their resignation to the pope on reaching the age of 75, and it is up to the pontiff to accept or reject the resignation.

    Lavarias was born on March 14, 1957 in Sta. Ines, Maba–lacat, Pampanga.

    He was ordained priest on August 12, 1988 at the Metro–politan Cathedral of San Fer–nando in Pampanga.

    In August 2004, he was installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Iba and became the Chairman of Episcopal Commission on Vocations in July 2005.

    The 44-year-old Caemare suc–ceeds Bishop Jose Ricare Man–guiran, who is 77.

    He will be in charge of the ecclesial province of Zamboanga Del Norte.
    Born on October 22, 1969 in Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte, Caemare has been a priest for over 18 years.

    He was ordained priest in 1996 and holds a master’s degree in Theology and pastoral ministry from the St. John Vianney theological seminary in Cagayan de Oro City.

    He held a number of pastoral roles, from being parish administrator of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and San Isidro in Zamboanga del Norte.

    He was also formator, rector, professor and liturgist at Cor Jesus Seminary of Dipolog and later formator, professor, rector of St. Mary’s Theologate of Ozamis City.

    He is administrator of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Gulayon, Dipolog, and rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Dipolog.


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    1. My heartfelt congratulations to the new Pilipino bishops. I pray .. god will give them more spiritual leadership and divine power.