Monday, 10 February 2020 09:09

Bishop Pabillo appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila


His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, following the departure of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle for Rome, leaving a Sede Vacante.

The announcement was made on February 10, 2020, a day after Cardinal Tagle left to fulfill his new assignment as the new Prefect for the Propagation of Faith.

“As a sign of his paternal solicitude, the Holy Father Pope Francis announced today, February 10, 2020, the appointment of His Excellency Most Reverend Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila until a new Archbishop is installed,” Father Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila said in his circular letter.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, newly appointed apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila
File Photo: RCAM-AOC

An apostolic administrator is appointed by the Pope until a new bishop or archbishop is formally appointed to a diocese or archdiocese. He generally has the same function and power that of an archbishop with certain limitations.

Born on March 11, 1955, at Victorias, Negros Occidental, Bishop Pabillo has been serving as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila since 2006.

Bishop Pabillo entered the seminary in 1972 at Don Bosco Juniorate in San Fernando, Pampanga. He finished his Philosophy degree at Don Bosco College Seminary in Laguna in 1977. Then, in 1981 he continued his Theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas.

On December 8, 1982, he was ordained a priest at the Manila Cathedral, but was sent for further studies to obtain a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Scripture at the Pontificum Institutum in Rome in 1986.

Before his appointment as Administrator, Bishop Pabillo held various positions in the Archdiocese of Manila, such as Vicar General, Bishop-in-charge of the Council on Pastoral Affairs, and  as Episcopal Vicar for Manila Guests Priests.

He was also involved in the Archdiocese's Board of Consultors, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation, and in the Philippine Bible Society

In the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), he was the Chairperson of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace, and Permanent Committee on Public Affairs. At present, he is the Chairperson of Episcopal Commission on the Laity. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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