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Philippines: Pope Francis names new Antipolo bishop

Bishop Ruperto Santos. (Photo Credit: CBCP News)

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Ruperto Santos, Bishop of Balanga in Bataan, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo in Rizal.

The appointment was made on May 23 following the acceptance of the resignation of Antipolo Bishop Francisco De Leon.

Bishop Santos, a priest for 39 years and a bishop for 12 years, was born on October 30, 1957, in San Rafael, Bulacan, under the Diocese of Malolos. He studied Philosophy and Theology at San Carlos Seminary and was ordained a priest on September 10, 1983, in the Archdiocese of Manila.

He served in the Immaculate Conception Parish in Manila, was Chaplain of the Pasig Catholic College, and was Parish Priest in Maybugna. 

Bishop Santos received his Licentiate in Church History in Pontificia Universita Gregoriana and was assigned as rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, both in Rome.

He was appointed Bishop of Balanga on April 1, 2010, consecrated on June 24, 2010, and installed on July 8, 2010. He succeeded Socrates Villegas, now Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan.

Within the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Bishop Santos serves as the regional representative for Central Luzon and chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Pontificio Collegio Filippino.

Upon his installation, Bishop Santos will be the fifth bishop of Antipolo. - Luke Godoy


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