Lagdameo dies at 81

Retired Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo died on Friday, July 8 at the age of 81.

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The Archdiocese of Jaro said the former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, passed away at 8:30 a.m. in Iloilo City.

Before his election as CBCP President from December 2005 to December 2009, Lagdameo also served as vice president for two terms.

CBCP News said Lagdameo was former chairman of the Office of Laity of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences and also served as chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity from 1990 to 2000.

Ordained priest for the Diocese of Lucena on Dec. 19, 1964, Lagdameo was appointed auxiliary bishop of Cebu in June 1980.

In January 1986, he was designated as co-adjutor bishop of Dumaguete and then he became bishop of the diocese in May 1989.

He was named archbishop of Jaro on March 11, 2000.

Pope Francis accepted Lagdameo’s resignation at the age of 77 in 2018.