News from the Diocese of Malolos
The Holy See has announced this morning the appointment of the Bishop of Cubao, Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Malolos following the death of its Bishop last Friday, the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros.
In a decree sent to Rev. Msgr. Pablo S. Legaspi Jr., Vicar-General of Malolos by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia through his Charge d’ Affaires in Manila, Msgr. Arnaldo Catalan, Bishop Ongtioco is to exercise his office as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Malolos “with all the faculties and rights to exercise the office of a diocesan bishop” according to No. 244 of the Apostolorum Successores or Directory of Pastoral Ministry of Bishops. The decree was issued in Rome by His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on 12 May 2018, a day after the death of Bishop Oliveros.
The late Bishop Oliveros is the fourth Bishop of Malolos, but the first incumbent bishop to die in office. His interment is set for tomorrow, 17 May 2018 at the crypt of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Malolos after the 9:00AM Requiem Mass. The faithful are encouraged to pray for his eternal rest.