Friday, 27 November 2020 17:31

CBCP appoints Msgr. Pantin of Leyte as new Secretary General


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has appointed Msgr. Bernardo Pantin from the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte province as their new secretary-general.

According to CBCP News, Msgr. Pantin’s appointment was confirmed during the CBCP Permanent Council meeting on Wednesday. He replaced Fr. Marvin Mejia of the Cebu Archdiocese who has been in the position since 2013. His term ended on October 31, 2020.

Before his appointment on November 25, Msgr. Pantin has been CBCP’s assistant secretary-general, a post which will also be filled-in according to CBCP News.

Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, the new Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. | Photo Credit: CBCP News

Msgr. Pantin, 59, was born in McArthur, Leyte, took his Philosophy at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, and Theology at the UST Central Seminary in Manila, where he earned his Licentiate in Canon Law.

He was ordained priest in 1986.

He finished his Doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1990.

In December 1994, he was installed as papal chaplain and was given the title of monsignor.

He became Rector at the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology in Palo. He also held the post of Vice President for the Visayas of the Canon Law Society of the Philippines.

Msgr. Pantin was also the Rector of the Palo Cathedral when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Leyte in 2013. In 2014 he was transferred to the CBCP office in Manila. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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