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Former bishop of Zamboanga dies

MANILA (SE): The former archbishop of Zamboanga, Archbishop Carmelo Morelos, died from an age-related illness on the afternoon of September 17 at the age of 85.

He began his career as a bishop in Butuan in 1967, where he remained for 27 years before being transferred to Zamboanga until his retirement in 2006. Archbishop Morelos was the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines from 1991 to 1995.

During his 49 years as a bishop, he worked in the Commissions on the Laity, Family and Life, Liturgy, and the Pontificio Collegio Filipino.

He was also twice chairperson of the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference, a forum of religious and lay leaders painfully torn apart by an ideological crisis toward the end of the Marcos years.

A native of Sorsogon City, Archbishop Morelos was ordained a priest in 1954.

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