Pope names new Leyte archbishop

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

POPE Benedict XVI named Saturday a bishop from the Diocese of Dumaguete as the new head of the Archdiocese of Palo in Eastern Visayas.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in its website, said the Pope named Bishop John Du, 57 to succeed Archbishop Jose Palma who was transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu in October 2010.

The CBCP said: "He (Du) will now take the title of Archbishop-designate ahead of his official installation soon."

Papal nuncio to the Philippine Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto relayed Du’s appointment to CBCP media director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio.

Du was born on Oct. 18, 1954, in Bantayan, Cebu. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1979.

Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu in 1997. He was appointed Bishop of Dumaguete on April 21, 2001.

Du is CBCP’s treasurer and chairman of the CBCP Pension Plan. (Sunnex)

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