By Leslie Ann Aquino
A priest will take temporary charge of the administration of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro.
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Nestor Adalia as apostolic administrator “ad nutum Sanctae Sedis,” meaning “at the disposition of the Holy See,” due to the health condition of Bishop Warlito Cajandig.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in a News post said the appointment was announced at the Vatican on Tuesday..
The 63-year-old priest is the current Vicar General of Calapan.
Cajandig suffered a stroke on September 1 and had undergone a brain surgery at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in Manila.
The 74-year-old prelate was released from the hospital last week as he continues his road to recovery.
Ordained a priest in 1970, Cajanding was among the pioneering clergy of the Diocese of Romblon since it was erected in 1974.
In 1989, he was appointed the fifth bishop of Calapan by Pope John Paul II and served the apostolic vicariate for nearly three decades.