MANILA Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula is set to be conferred with the sacred pallium at the Manila Cathedral on December 8.

In a report by CBCP News, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown is set to confer the pallium on Advincula during the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"The Archdiocese of Manila will mark a historic event with the investiture of the sacred pallium on Cardinal Jose Advincula," said the official news agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The pallium is a vestment made of white wool only worn by the pontiff and by archbishops.

The Pope uses the pallium to symbolize the plenitude of pontifical office.

For archbishops, on the other hand, it signifies the authority given to them by the Pope over their respective archdioceses, particularly their bond and shared responsibility with the Pontiff to pastors in their regions.

According to CBCP News, the Pope blesses the pallium to be conferred to each new archbishop at their respective archdioceses during the annual Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Advincula was among the 34 recently appointed archbishops from around the world as Pope Francis named the 69-year-old prelate as Manila archbishop on March 25, 2021. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)