• Melo Acuna

Capiz Archbishop Cardinal Advincula named Archbishop of Manila

Pope Francis sends Capiz Archbishop Cardinal Advincula to Manila


MANILA – The Archdiocese of Manila is set to welcome its latest shepherd in the name of His Eminence Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula, the country’s ninth cardinal to the See of Manila in an announcement at the Vatican City at 7:00P.M. in Manila. He becomes the 33rd Archbishop of Manila.


Pope Francis named Cardinal Advincula to the Archdiocese of Manila at midday in Rome.


It will be recalled the country’s latest member of the College of Cardinals failed to attend the consistory last November because of COVID-19.


His spokesperson, Fr. Emilio Arbatin said Cardinal Advincula would have wanted to attend the consistory where archbishops are elevated to the College of Cardinals in Eucharistic Celebration at the Vatican.


Fr. Arbatin cited “prudent judgment” as reason for not attending the event due to the COVId-19 pandemic.


Cardinal Advincula was appointed Archbishop of Capiz by Pope Francis last November 9,2011.


He was ordained to the priesthood on April 4,1976 and later ordained bishop by Archbishop Antonio Franco on September 8,2001. He was born on March 30,1952 in Dumalag, Capiz.


After his primary education in Dumalag, he entered the high school seminary of Saint Pius X in Roxas City where he also had his philosophical studies. He attended theology courses at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila.


He became spiritual director of Saint Pius X Seminary and professor and dean of studies. He had further studies in Psychology at De La Salle University in Manila and Canon Law at University of Santo Tomas in Manila at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas

Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome where he acquired a Licentiate in Canon Law.


Upon his return, he served in the seminary in Vigan, Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia and the Regional Seminary in Jaro, Iloilo.


In 1995, he was appointed Rector of the Saint Pius X Seminary in Capiz and Defender of the Bond, Promoter of Justice and later Judicial Vicar of Capiz.


It was in 1999 when he became pastor of Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Dao town. He was appointed Bishop of San Carlos on July 25,2001 and received episcopal consecration on September 8 that same year. He was later transferred to the Archdiocese of Capiz in Panay Island in Western Visayas.


At the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), he was member of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Commission for Indigenous People.


One of his most recent acts was signing a statement with the Western Visayas bishops on the killing of nine Tumandok farmers in Capiz and Iloilo provinces as government forces served warrants of arrest last December 30,2020. It will be recalled the Archdioceses of Jaro led by Archbishop Jose Romeo O. Lazo and Capiz led by Jose F. Cardinal Advincula and six other bishops called on the law enforcers to follow ethical standards in the rules of engagement in their operations. The bishops demanded a thorough investigation on the violent incidents. (Melo M. Acuña)

H. E. Jose Fuerte Cardinal Advincula, 33rd Archbishop of Manila. (Philippines Licas News photo)

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