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Filipino Bishop of Gumaca Diocese dies at 71 from heart attack

Bishop Victor Dela Cruz Ocampo, D.D. (Photo credit: domvsavreaph)

Bishop Victor Dela Cruz Ocampo of Gumaca Diocese, Philippines, passed away at 5:58 PM on March 16 from a heart attack at 71.

The diocese's chancellor, Father Tony Ryan del Moro, said the bishop died at the hospital in Gumaca in Quezon province, Philippines.

Bishop Ocampo was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, on March 6, 1952, and he was ordained as a priest of the Balanga Diocese in 1977.

Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Gumaca Diocese on June 12, 2015, and he became the third bishop of the same diocese.

His episcopal ordination was on August 29, 2015, and installation was on September 3, 2015.

As a priest he served as director of the catechetical office, the liturgical commission, the Biblical apostolate, and the family and life commission and as the chancellor of the diocese and member of the consultors.

He also served as the diocesan administrator of Balanga from November 2009 to July 2010.

The bishop's motto is the Latin phrase "Corpus Meum" ("This is my body") from St. Luke's Gospel 22:19. It represents the bishop's perseverance in proclaiming Christ through the Mass and expressing the Church's unity as one body of Christ. - With inputs from CBCP News


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