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Pope Francis names new Philippine archbishop

Bishop Jose Romeo Lazo will oversee Iloilo and Guimaras provinces

Pope Francis names new Philippine archbishop

Pope Francis has named Bishop Jose Romeo Lazo of Antique as new prelate of the Archdiocese of Jaro in the central Philippines. (Photo courtesy of CBCP News)

Roy Lagarde, Manila
Philippines

February 15, 2018

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Pope Francis has named Bishop Jose Romeo Lazo of San Jose Antique as archbishop of Jaro to oversee the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras in the central Philippine.

Bishop Lazo, who turned 69 last month, will be the 13th archbishop of one of the largest archdioceses in the country with a population of more than three million Catholics.

The appointment of Bishop Lazo came after the pontiff accepted the resignation of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Jaro's archbishop since 2000.

Archbishop-elect Lazo was born on Jan. 23, 1949 in San Jose Buenavista, Antique. He was ordained a priest on April 1, 1975.

St. Pope John Paul II appointed Lazo bishop of Kalibo on Nov. 15, 2003. Pope Benedict XVI named him fourth bishop of San Jose de Antique in 2009.

The new archbishop will also serve as metropolitan bishop of the suffragan dioceses within the ecclesiastical province of Jaro, which includes the dioceses of Bacolod, San Jose de Antique, San Carlos, and Kabankalan.

Last week, Pope Francis also named Monsignor Abel Apigo as new bishop of Mati in Davao Oriental province in Mindanao.

Monsignor Abigo will replace Bishop Patricio Alo who resigned due to health reasons after serving the diocese for 34 years.

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