Although there has been no announcement yet as to when Archbishop-elect of Manila Jose Cardinal Advincula will be installed, the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros has started preparing for his arrival.
The Manila Cathedral on Thursday, April 15, announced that it will indefinitely be closed to the public as it prepares for the arrival of the 33rd archbishop of Manila.
“The Manila Cathedral will remain closed in the coming days until further announcement due to needed renovations as we prepare for the coming of our new Archbishop,” the Cathedral said in a Facebook post.
Religious gatherings are allowed up to 10 percent of a venue’s capacity in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), like Manila.
The Manila Cathedral said it will continue holding online masses despite being closed to the public.
“Our online streaming of Masses will continue as scheduled. Thank you for your understanding,” it said.
It was last month when Pope Francis appointed the Capiz prelate as the new Archbishop of Manila.
The Archdiocese of Manila has been without an archbishop since Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle left for Rome in February 2020 to assume his new post as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.