Pope Francis names Cebu’s new auxiliary bishop

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 24) — Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Ruben Labajo as the auxiliary bishop of Cebu, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said.

“The Vatican announced on June 23 that Labajo, until now the Vicar General of the same archdiocese, will be ordained as bishop,” according to CBCP News.

It noted that the task of Labajo is to assist Archbishop Jose Palma as the chief shepherd of the archdiocese.

The date for his episcopal ordination has yet to be announced

Labajo was born on Sept. 24, 1966 in Talisay City. He completed his philosophy and theology studies at the San Carlos Seminary College in Cebu, and was ordained priest for the Cebu archdiocese on June 10, 1994.

He has held various positions such as parish vicar in Mandaue City from 1995 to 1997; pastor of Santa Fe Parish in Bantayan Island; and moderator at the parish of St. Joseph in Talisay’s Tabunok village.

He also served as moderator of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and vicar forane of the Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary from 2014 to 2019.

In 2017, Labajo became a member of the archdiocese’s Council of Consultors, Episcopal Vicar of the archdiocese’s 1st District, and member of the Presbyteral Council.

The bishop-elect was then appointed vicar general and moderator of the St. Francis Assisi Parish in Balamban town in 2020.