CARDINAL Jose Advincula said Wednesday, March 31, that he wants to have an open line of communication with Malacañang as soon as he assumes his post as Archbishop of Manila.
In a video message released by the Archdiocese of Capiz, Advincula said: “I foresee to maintain an open line of communication with Malacañang.”
He also said that the faithful should not expect him to be as vocal as the iconic former Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, who is known to be a staunch critic of the government during his time.
"Cardinal Sin is Cardinal Sin. I am afraid I could not be as vocal as Cardinal Sin. Although I have learned from Cardinal Sin. He was the priest who admitted me to the seminary in 1964 in Capiz and my teacher in Latin in third year high school. Cardinal Sin is my mentor," said Advincula.
It was on March 25 when Pope Francis appointed Advincula as the newest Archbishop of Manila, succeeding Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who became the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican last February 2020.
The 69-year-old Advincula will be the 33rd Archbishop of Manila.
He said he plans to visit all parishes under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese as soon as he assumes his new post.
"I plan to visit the parishes and the other places in Manila, although I am sad because this can only be done in a restricted way because of the pandemic. I want to look first at the situation in the entire archdiocese although in a limited way," said the Cardinal.
He said he will also hold dialogues with the priests under him, so he will know their respective situations.
"(I plan) to help our priests, some who might be undergoing some crisis or some, who are just trying to prepare to have a transition from one stage of life to another," Advincula said. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)