Installation of new Cebu Archbishop

Archbishop Jose S. Palma was officially installed Thursday morning as the new archbishop of the province of Cebu in a turnover ceremony held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The ceremony started at 9 a.m.

Before the installation, the Chancellor read the apostolic letter from Pope Benedict XVI on the mandate of Archbishop Palma.

The letter was reportedly sent by the Pope last October 15, 2010.

The Chancellor then presented the mandate to Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, then to the clergy and the people.

Vidal, together with Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, approached Palma and escorted him to the cathedra or the archbishop seat. The Cardinal then handed Palma the pastoral staff amid claps from the people who witnessed the installation.

Msrg. Cris Garcia of Cebu presented the diocesan and religious clergy of Cebu, as well as the religious men and women, lay workers and cooperators of the ministry to the new Cebu archbishop.

A mass officiated by Archbishop Palma followed. The mass is ongoing as of this posting Thursday.

Palma arrived in Cebu from Manila at 3 p.m. Wednesday and was met by church and government officials led by Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Julito Cortes, Bishop Antonio Rañola and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza.

He was also welcomed by Cebuanos, from top local officials to school children lined up on the streets.

In a brief encounter with the media, Palma told reporters his flight was “wonderful” and that he was “overwhelmed by the warm welcome.”

Outside the airport lounge, a small group of young women from the non-government organization Visayas Forum gathered, holding a streamer and saying in chorus, “Welcome, Archbishop Palma!” as soon as the prelate stepped out.

Palma went near the group, clasped his hands, waved at them and mouthed, “Thank you.”

The reception followed a motorcade — whose route was lined by students, workers and other citizens who cheered loudly and waved yellow and white banners — and solemn rites at the Archbishop’s Residence.

The motorcade started at the Mactan Cebu International Airport and made its way through the main thoroughfares of the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Cebu.

Guests at the reception in the Sacred Heart Center on Wednesday included Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Edward Adams, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.



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