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Troubled southern Philippine island gets new bishop

MANILA (UCAN): Claretian Father Leo Dalmao was ordained and installed as the fourth bishop of Isabela, the capital of Basilan province in the southern Philippines, known in recent years as a hub of insurgent activity by various Islamic extremist groups, on May 24.
 
The 49-year-old Bishop Dalmao, suceeded Bishop Martin Jumoad who was named bishop of Ozamiz in 2016. He becomes the first Filipino Claretian missionary to join the College of Bishops.
 

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Pope names two new bishops for dioceses in southern Philippines

MANILA (UCAN): Pope Francis named Father Cosme Almedilla and Claretian Father Leo Dalmao as the new bishops for Butuan, Agusan del Norte province, and Isabela, Basilan province, in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.
 
Father Almedilla, who comes from the Diocese of Talibon in Bohol province, will succeed Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos who died in October 2017. Father Dalmao, who also comes from Bohol, will take over from Bishop Martin Jumoad who was named bishop of Ozamiz in 2016.
 

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