Cardinal Advincula installed as Manila archbishop

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Cardinal Jose Advincula officially assumes post as the 33rd archbishop of Manila in a scaled-down ceremony at the Manila Cathedral.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 24) — Cardinal Jose Advincula was officially installed as the 33rd archbishop of Manila on Thursday morning.

His new post was formalized in a scaled-down ceremony at the Manila Cathedral, which was attended by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and some bishops.

The 69-year-old Advincula succeeded Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who left the seat in February 2020 to serve in the Vatican as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The Archdiocese of Manila earlier said that due to COVID-19 protocols, only 400 people are allowed to physically attend the installation rites inside the cathedral instead of the usual 2,500. The Manila Archdiocese is the largest in the Philippines, covering the cities of Manila, San Juan, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Makati.

It also noted the celebration coincides with the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila and the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

Advincula, a former Capiz archbishop, was named as the new Manila archbishop by Pope Francis in March. Before him, the 442-year-old archdiocese had 32 archbishops, 27 of whom were foreign nationals.

He was appointed as the country’s ninth cardinal by the Pope last October and was formally elevated the month after. In December, he was named a member of the Congregation for the Clergy.

Ordained priest in 1976, Advincula became bishop of San Carlos in 2001 and archbishop of Capiz in 2011.