Cebu welcomes new archbishop

ARCHBISHOP Jose Palma sat on the bishop’s seat and received the staff from Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal in a three-hour canonical installation ceremony held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral yesterday.

Palma, in his speech, described himself as a “barangay bishop,” who was uprooted and brought to metropolitan Cebu.

“Cebu, no doubt, is the biggest archdiocese in the country today,” he said.

Palma, a son of farmers, related the day he first received the news of his new assignment from Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Edward Adams.

‘Why me?’

“I pointed out there are many archbishops and bishops who are more experienced, more talented, who have proven their capacity through accomplishments. The nuncio answered, ‘It is you the Holy Father has chosen,’” he said.

Auxiliary Bishops Julito Cortes and Emilio Bataclan were presented to Palma, including the heads of various archdiocesan commissions, the Association of Women Religious of Cebu, the Council of the Laity and members of the clergy. (more)

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