Kapampangan bishop is new CBCP vice president

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan was elected vice president of the Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in an election held at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Paco, Manila on Saturday, July 8.

David will help lead the CBCP with Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao who was elected as the new president. Valles will be the 20th head of the 72-year-old collegial body of bishops.

It could be recalled that David, a known Bible scholar, was the second bishop appointed to the Diocese Of Kalookan since its establishment in 2003. David was born on March 2, 1959 in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga.

He was ordained a priest on March 12, 1983. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando on May 27, 2006. He was ordained Bishop on July 10, 2006. David finished his college seminary formation at the San Jose Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Divinity degree.

He took his Master of Arts degree in Theology at the Loyola School of Theology, also in Ateneo, and proceeded to earn his Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1988.

The following year he took up doctorate degree in Sacred Theology, also at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. David was member of the Permanent Council of the CBCP from 2007 to 2013.

He also chaired the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate of the CBCP from 2009 to 2015.
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