The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on the public to pray for the immediate recovery of Cardinal Jose Advincula after the latter contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles asked the faithful to offer prayers to those who are afflicted with COVID-19.
"We entreat the faithful to pray for the good Cardinal so that he can resume his important ministry in the Archdiocese of Manila and the universal Church," said Valles in a statement on Saturday, Sept. 18.
"We bring all our prayers to the Lord and our Blessed Mother for an end to this pandemic, for all those who are sick and those who care for them," he added.
Valles also asked the prelates to include in their prayers the speedy recovery of Advincula.
"We extend our prayers of fast recovery, complete healing, and good health to Cardinal Advincula. We assure him of our closeness with him with our love, support, and prayers," said the CBCP head.
"I also ask my brother bishops to please include in all our daily Mass intentions the full recovery of our dear Cardinal," he added.
The Archdiocese of Manila announced on Friday night, Sept. 17, that Advincula tested positive for COVID-19.
"Aside from slight fever, he does not feel any other symptoms. He is on quarantine, observing strict protocols. Doctors are also monitoring his condition," said Manila Archdiocese Chancellor Fr. Reginald Malicdem.