San Pablo bishop resigns, Pope appoints Pasig bishop as apostolic administrator

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico due to health reasons.

According to the official statement released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Bishop Famadico submitted his resignation letter to the Holy Father “following his recent hospitalization due to a serious heart ailment.”

“We are deeply grateful to Bishop Famadico for his ten years of pastoral service to the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of San Pablo and pray for his healing and recovery,” CBCP wrote.

Famadico, 67, served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Lipa in 2002 and bishop of the Diocese of Gumaca a year later in 2003 before he was appointed as bishop of San Pablo in 2013.

He also chaired the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Clergy from December 2017 to November 2021.

Now sede vacante, the Diocese of San Pablo will be headed by CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara as its apostolic administrator until a new bishop is appointed and installed. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)



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