By Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the Diocese of Sorsogon.
The diocese announced the appointment of Bishop-Elect Jose Alan Dialago in a Facebook post Tuesday.
“Bishop Art broke the #GoodNews at the end of the Presbyteral Ordination this Morning that the Holy Father has appointed Bishop-Elect Jose Alan Dialogo as the 5th Bishop of Sorsogon,” read the post.
The current head of the Sorsogon diocese is Bishop Arturo Bastes, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 last April.
The diocese said they were thankful to the Holy Father for the pastoral solicitude of providing them a new bishop.
They also thanked Bastes for 16 years of his ministry and life in the Diocese.
According to a CBCP News post, the news regarding the appointment was supposed to be announced in Rome at 12 noon Tuesday (Manila time) but Bastes sought permission from Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia to announce it earlier.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila also announced the appointment during their clergy meeting at San Carlos Seminary in Makati City today.
Bastes said the bishop-elect originally hailed from Naga City so “he is a Bilocano himself and can speak our language at once”.
Dialogo is currently the Director of the Jaime Cardinal Sin Welcome Home, a facility for retired priests of Manila, in Sampaloc.
In the meantime, the pope has also appointed Bastes as Apostolic Administrator “sede vacante” of the diocese until Dialogo formally assumes his new post.
No date has been announced for the episcopal ordination of Dialogo and his installation as the fifth bishop of Sorsogon.