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New bishop installed for Malolos

BULACAN (UCAN): Bishop Dennis Villarojo was installed as bishop of Malolos, Bulacan, the Phlippines, on August 21 after he was appointed by the Vatican in May following the death of Bishop Jose Oliveros in May last year.
 
“Once again, God has shown fidelity to his promise that he will always send shepherds,” Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, who served as apostolic administrator of the diocese, said.
 
He expressed hope that the diocese would continue to be a “Church of the poor, a Church for the poor and a Church for all.”
 
Bishop Ongtioco said, “We pray for Bishop Dennis that he will continue the wonderful work his predecessors have accomplished in uniting and leading the Malolos clergy and faithful.”
 
Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, papal nuncio to the Philippines, urged those present to accompany their new bishop in his journey by renewing their personal lives.
 
“This is the best way which we can accompany (him) in his new journey and also the best way in which we can serve the Lord,” he said.
 
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Manila called on the religious and the laity in the diocese to be Bishop Villarojo’s “consolation” because “the episcopal ministry is not easy.”
 
Cardinal Tagle said the task was “stressful, but someone must do it and you do it in faith even if your consolation is not always palpable.”
 
The cardinal said in his homily, “While we can do some acts or engage in acts of comfort, in the end it is God who is the source of all and lasting genuine consolation.” 
 
Bishop Villarojo said the Diocese of Malolos was a precious gift to him as he started his episcopal ministry. “This is a new opportunity of expressing my love for him by serving his people,” he said.
 
The 52-year-old Bishop Villarojo comes from the central Philippines and was ordained into the priesthood in 1994. He earned his doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

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