Thursday, 23 July 2020 07:34

Bishop Pabillo tests positive with COVID-19

Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo released a statement to the clergy of Manila about his situation of being COVID-19 positive. The letter was released and made public on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

“It is in this spirit that I announce that I am tested positive with Covid-19 with the RT-PCR test. Although I do not feel anything, I follow the protocol that is set.”

After his appointment as Apostolic Administrator of Manila, following the appointment of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the Vatican, Bishop Pabillo continued to be actively involved in the pastoral works in the archdiocese.

Aside from his regular online masses as well as online lectures, Bishop was engaged in many other activities especially in taking care of the poor and those badly affected by the pandemic.

The Bishop took care of families who were found in the streets amidst the virus outbreak and provided assistance and support through the different services of the Archdiocese of Manila, particularly through Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the archdiocese with which relief efforts are made. He also opened Catholic School for the homeless and street dwellers to provide them with food and shelter.

During the quarantine period, Bishop Pabillo continued to be in touch with the faithful with the celebration of online Masses in various parishes for the fiesta and pastoral visitations.

He also visited the families that were victims of the fire that broke out in Happyland in Tondo in May 2020. And just recently, he was quick to visit the Santo Niño de Pandacan parish after hearing that the church was engulfed with fire.

According to a recent study released by the World Health Organization (WHO), most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Bishop Pabillo is currently in quarantine and is not experiencing any symptoms.

“I am now in a designated area for quarantine observing strict protocol as required. My condition is being monitored and I take healthy foods and vitamins and do physical exercise,” Bishop Pabillo said.

His staff as well as the people he interacted were tested and were negative of the virus but were also advised to place themselves in quarantine.

Even in quarantine, Bishop Pabillo continues to do his work by holding meetings via zoom and gives instructions to his priests and faithful for information and guidance.

 “I know this virus will pass, so please do not worry about me, although prayers would be very much appreciated. Since I am in my normal self, thank God, the scheduled online meetings that we have set will continue. Life must go on,” he said.

The bishop ended his statement with a quote from St. Paul to Timothy: “Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Tim 4:2)." (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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