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Pope appoints new bishop for Military Ordinariate of the Philippines

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By Christina Hermoso and Leslie Ann Aquino

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Jaime L. Florencio as the new bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP).

Bishop Oscar Jaime L. Florencio (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Bishop Oscar Jaime L. Florencio (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The Cebu prelate will serve as the seventh bishop of the MOP where he was appointed apostolic administrator two years ago following the death of its former bishop Leopoldo Tumulak who passed way in June 2017.

Born in Capoocan, Leyte on Feb. 5, 1966, the 53-year-old Church leader was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Palo on April 3, 1990.

He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy.

In 2015, he was named Cebu auxiliary bishop, making him the first priest from the Palo archdiocese to be elevated to the episcopacy in 28 years. In June 2017, Florencio was appointed concurrent apostolic administrator of the Military Ordinariate with the mandate of providing pastoral care to Catholics serving in the military, police, coast guard units, and prison service.

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