The incoming archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Jose Advincula, admitted he is fearful as he prepares for his new assignment in the nation’s capital but said he accepts this mission in obedience to God and Pope Francis.
“I felt fear when I was told by the nuncio that the Holy Father has appointed me as archbishop of Manila, because this will be my first time to be assigned to a highly urbanized area, Metro Manila, which is the capital of the country,” said Advincula in a mix of English and Filipino, in an interview with church-run Radio Veritas.
“I know it is [a] very challenging assignment and very overwhelming, but because this is the will of God and of the Holy Father, then by obedience I have to accept,” Advincula said.
Being a priest in itself, he added, “is already a gift, a gift not to be kept for myself alone but a gift that should be used for the service of the people of God.”
Advincula is the first cardinal from Capiz, where he is known to have established mission stations in far-flung communities. Advincula’s projects for the poor, experts told Rappler, have likely influenced the Pope’s decision to name him cardinal and later Manila archbishop.
In a separate statement, Advincula said his appointment as Manila archbishop is also a blessing for Catholics in Capiz and the whole country.
“This is a blessing from God through the Holy Father and to the Archdiocese of Capiz. This blessing is not only mine but also for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Capiz, and of course for the entire Philippines. I ask the faithful to pray for me as I pray for everyone,” Advincula said. – Rappler.com