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Vatican names another new Filipino bishop

New prelate will be the fifth prelate the Diocese of Iba in the northern Philippines

ucanews.com reporter, Manila

ucanews.com reporter, Manila

Updated: February 19, 2018 05:20 AM GMT
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Vatican names another new Filipino bishop

Monsignor Bartolome Gaspar Santos, vicar general of the Diocese of Malolos, has been name bishop of Iba. (Photo by Roy Lagarde)

 

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The Vatican announced on Feb. 17 the appointment of Monsignor Bartolome Gaspar Santos as bishop of Iba Diocese in the northern Philippine province of Zambales.

The 50-year-old priest will succeed Archbishop Florentino Lavarias who was transferred to San Fernando Archdiocese in Pampanga in 2014.

The bishop-elect said he felt both happy and afraid when he heard the news.

"I don't know how to explain my feelings, but it was mixed emotions. I feel happy, afraid, and excited all at the same time," said Monsignor Santos.

"[But] at the end of the day, I know God is calling me for another mission," he said, adding that "as God's servant, I obey."

Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos Diocese, where Monsignor Santos has been serving as vicar general, welcomed the appointment.

"After more than 30 years we have a bishop coming from Malolos [Diocese]," said the prelate.

Born in Santa Maria on Dec. 1, 1967, he was ordained priest for Malolos Diocese on Aug. 27, 1992.

He obtained a licentiate in Biblical Theology in 1999 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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