Bishop Ong­ti­oco over­sees Malo­los dio­cese

Manila Bulletin - - National News -

Pope Francis has ap­pointed Dio­cese of Cubao Bishop Hon­esto F. Ong­ti­oco as the Apos­tolic Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Dio­cese of Malo­los af­ter it was de­clared “sede va­cante” fol­low­ing the death of Malo­los Bishop Jose T. Oliv­eros last week.

In a de­cree sent to Rev. Msgr. Pablo S. Legaspi Jr., Vicar-Gen­eral of Malo­los by Pa­pal Nun­cio Arch­bishop Gabrielle Cac­cia through his Charge d’ Af­faires in Manila, Msgr. Ar­naldo Cata­lan, said Bishop Ong­ti­oco is to ex­er­cise his of­fice as Apos­tolic Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Dio­cese of Malo­los “with all the fac­ul­ties and rights to ex­er­cise the of­fice of a dioce­san bishop.”

In his new as­sign­ment, Ong­ti­oco will over­see the Malo­los dio­cese, which has 108 parishes and about 200 pri­ests. Ninety four per­cent of its es­ti­mated three mil­lion pop­u­la­tion are Ro­man Catholics. (Christina I. Her­moso and Les­lie Ann G. Aquino)

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