Pope Francis names first appointee in PH

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Posted at Apr 08 2013 06:57 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2013 10:55 AM

MOST REV. REYNALDO G. EVANGELISTA, D.D., Bishop of Boac
MANILA - Pope Francis has named his first appointee in the Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines, a CBCP News report said.

Boac Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista was named the bishop of the Diocese of Imus, which was left vacant by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

The 52-year-old native of Batangas is a member of the Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the report said.

He is also the chief of the CBCP Commission on Vocations and a member of the Commission on Seminaries.

The Imus diocese covers the entire province of Cavite. It is, however, a “suffragan” of Tagle’s now Archdiocese of Manila.

A suffragan is an “assistant” to the main bishop.