The Archdiocese of Cebu on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of Monsignor John Thomas Limchua as papal chaplain.
“On behalf of our Archbishop Jose S. Palma and all the priests, religious and lay people of Cebu, we congratulate Msgr. John Thomas Limchua in the honor given to him by the Pope as papal chaplain to His Holiness,” Msgr. Joseph Tan, spokesperson of the archdiocese, told Radio Veritas.
“This is a sign of Pope Francis’ satisfaction with the service of Msgr. [John] Limchua to the Pope and to the whole Catholic Church,” he added.
In a separate interview, Tan said such title of honor is given for his years of service to the universal church.
“That means he is doing a good job even if he is relatively new and young to the diplomatic service of the Holy See,” he said.
According to Veritas, Limchua was also assigned to the Section for the Relations with States in Vatican last July under the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
With his appointment on October 11, Limchua will serve as “spiritual servant” of the papal household or papal chapel.
Veritas said Msgr. Limchua started in the diplomatic service in September 2014 and served as Apostolic Nunciature of Benin and Togo in West Africa and Egypt.
He finished his Theological studies at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain and his doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
He was ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Cebu in 2010 and underwent diplomatic formation at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, in Vatican.