The bestowal of the red hat (biretta) of Cardinal Jose F. Advincula, the Archbishop-elect of Manila was once again rescheduled.
Cardinal Advincula said that the increase in cases of coronavirus infections in Capiz was the reason why the ‘bestowal of red hat’ on him was again postponed.
“I still have to talk about when and where the bestowal of the insignia be with the Nuncio who is now in Tarlac. I was able to inform Msgr. (Julien) Kabore about the cancellation,” Cardinal Advincula told Radio Veritas in a text message he sent.
The bestowal of the Cardinal’s red hat and the ring was first set on May 28 and was moved to June 8, after Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown underwent a 14 -day mandatory quarantine upon his return to the Philippines from the United States.
The red hat that a cardinal wear symbolizes his office or rank. It also symbolizes his willingness to spill his blood for the church.
At present, records show that the Capiz Provincial Health Office has more than three thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are about 21 thousand people who have been vaccinated against the virus, including Cardinal Advincula’
The formal installation of Cardinal Advincula as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila will be held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral, on June 24, 2021, at 8:30 in the morning. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Archdiocese of Capiz Facebook Page)