CeBu arChBishop appointeD to vatiCan CounCil for Culture


PoPe Francis has appointed cebu archbishop Jose Palma as one of the members of the Pontifical council for culture. according to an article posted on the catholic Bishops’ conference of the Philippine­s (cBcP) news web site, the 69-year-old catholic prelate was among the eight new member-appointees to the office, most of whom are cardinals.

Palma is the only asian among the appointees, who are mostly europeans.

While attending to his pastoral work in cebu, Palma will also now work with the dicastery, a department of the Roman curia, the administra­tion of the Holy See through which the pope directs the Roman catholic church, which is led by biblical scholar and italian cardinal gianfranco Ravasi.

the council was establishe­d in 1982 by Pope John Paul ii with the aim of establishi­ng a dialogue between the church and the cultures of modern times. it has its roots in the Second Vatican council’s vision to address the challenges of unbelief and religious indifferen­ce in modern society.

Likewise, the council touches on other important areas of society: science, arts, economy, and the value and care of the artistic and historic patrimony of the church.

Meanwhile, Msgr. Joseph tan, spokesman of the cebu archdioces­e, expressed gratitude to the Vatican for choosing their head to be a member of the Pontifical council for culture.

“as the archdioces­e, is preparing to spearhead the celebratio­n of the 500th anniversar­y of the first baptism in the country [which also allowed christiani­ty access into the mainstream Filipino culture]—all these come together coinciding with the archbishop’s [Palma] appointmen­t as a reminder for all of us in the country not just to remember the honor conferred by history on our nation but also to highlight the responsibi­lity entrusted upon all of us that we have been gifted in order to give,” the catholic priest added.

Palma, a bishop for 21 years, has been serving cebu, the country’s largest archdioces­e, since 2011. Ferdinand Patinio-PNA

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