Archbishop Capalla dies at 89  

Retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla of the Archdiocese of Davao died at the age of 89 last January 6, at 1:38 am in Davao City.

According to CBCP News, the retired archbishop’s death was conveyed by the current archbishop of Davao, Romulo Valle to the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Archbishop Capalla led the Archdiocese of Davao for 15 years and served as the president of the CBCP from 2003 to 2005. 

His death, as noted by CBCP News, occurred a mere four days following the passing of Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian, casting a shadow of mourning over the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Archbishop Capalla was ordained priest in 1961 for the Jaro Archdiocese and was appointed as the auxiliary bishop of Davao in 1975 at the age of 40 and was consecrated as a bishop in June of the same year.

He was designated prelate of the Prelature of Iligan in 1977 and became Iligan’s first bishop elevated it to the diocese in 1982.

From 1987 to 1991, he served as the apostolic administrator of Marawi and was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Davao. In November 1996, he assumed the role of Davao Archbishop and served until his retirement in February 2012.

CBCP News added the archbishop led various departments such as the Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue and the Episcopal Commission on Ecumenical Affairs.

He is also the founding father of the Bishops-Ulama Conference, an interreligious organization aimed at fostering understanding between Muslims and Christians.

His efforts in interfaith dialogue earned him several awards, including the San Lorenzo Ruiz Award for Peace and Unity in 1991, Ateneo de Manila University’s Public Service Award for Peace in 1998, and the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Award for Peace Advocacy and Peace Building in 2000. (Luis Angelo St. Maria/Volunteer Writer/San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)


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