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Philippine bishops' conference set to elect new president

Successor to Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan to take over in late November

Updated: July 04, 2017 05:20 AM GMT
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Philippine bishops' conference set to elect new president

Philippine Catholic bishops attend the World Apostolic Congress in Manila in January. The bishops are set to elect a new conference president to replace Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

 

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines is set to elect a new president this week as the country's church leaders hold a three-day plenary assembly in Manila.

The new leader of the collegial body will succeed Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan whose term of office ends on Nov. 30, 2017.

By tradition, the conference's vice president is usually elected president, but Archbishop Villegas said "everybody is a candidate."

Bishops who have been president of the conference for two terms and retired prelates cannot be elected.

The president and vice president of the conference can serve two two-year terms.

The plenary assembly of the bishops meets in regular session twice a year in January and in July. When the assembly is not in session, a permanent council acts for the conference.

 

 

 

 

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