Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Jose Fuerte Advincula as archbishop in Manila on March 25. He succeeded Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who the pope had appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican on December 8, 2019.
The See of Manila has been vacant for more than 15 months during which Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo served as apostolic administrator.
Cardinal Advincula was born on March 30, 1952, in Dumalag, in Capiz, in the Western Visayas region. He entered Pius X Seminary High School in Roxas City, where he also did his philosophical studies. He subsequently attended theology courses at The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Following his priestly ordination on April 14, 1979, he was appointed spiritual director as well as professor and dean of studies at St. Pius X Seminary.
Subsequently he began his studies in psychology at the De La Salle University in Manila and in Canon Law in Rome, obtaining the licentiate in Canon Law.
Returning to the Philippines, he served in the seminary of Vigan, Nueva Segovia and in the regional seminary of Jaro. In 1995 he was appointed Rector of the St. Pius X Seminary of Capiz, and also served as Defender of the Bond, Promoter of Justice and Judicial Vicar in the same archdiocese. In 1999 he was appointed parish priest of St. Thomas of Villanueva a Dao.
Saint Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of San Carlos on July 25, 2001. After 10 years, Pope Benedict XVI transferred him to his native Archdiocese of Capiz on Nov. 9, 2011.
Pope Francis created him cardinal at the consistory of Nov. 28, 2020.