MANILA, June 27 — Four Filipino bishops will receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on June 29 during a concelebrated mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica.
In an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website, Archbishops Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Jose Advincula of Capiz, John Du of Palo and Romulo Valles of Davao, will be accepting the pallium, which is the last stage of their appointment as archbishop.
Pope Benedict XVI will award the pallium to metropolitan archbishops appointed last year.
The papal pallium is a liturgical insignia of the archbishop made of white wool, which symbolizes the office of the archbishop, particularly their bond and shared responsibility with the pope to be pastors in their regions.
Last Monday, the Filipino prelates left for Rome with some of their priests and close relatives.
Every year during the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Pontiff gives a pallium to newly- installed archbishops around the world.
In 2011, Archbishops Jose Palma of Cebu and Sergio Utleg of Tuguegarao also received the same honor at the Vatican. (PNA)