Pope Francis names new Dumaguete bishop

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Pope Francis has appointed Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Julio Cortes as the new bishop of Dumaguete.

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Cortes will become the fourth ordinary of the diocese, which has been without a bishop since May 2012 following Archbishop John Du’s installation as head of the Archdiocese of Palo.

Cortes was the diocesan administrator until Du was installed bishop in July. He will be serving about 40 parishes in Dumaguete.

Cortes, who was born in Parañaque City in 1956 and ordained in 1980, was parish priest in Bacong, Negros Oriental, for more than five years. He served as the diocese’s vicar general for 11 years.

After his episcopal ordination in 2002, he has served in a number of pastoral roles. He was a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Commission on Culture and Commission on Liturgy.

At present, Cortes is the chairman of the CBCP Permanent Committee on Cultural Heritage of the Church.

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