By Roy Lagarde

Pope Francis has appointed Filipino Archbishop Jose Advincula a Cardinal.

The pope made the announcement during his Sunday Angelus in the Vatican and said the new cardinals would be elevated at a consistory on Nov. 28.

Advincula becomes the ninth Filipino cardinal, following cardinals Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales and Rufino Santos.

At 68, he is among the nine new cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave. The four others are over 80.

He will also be the fourth living Filipino cardinals, alongside Rosales, Quevedo, and Tagle, who is the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Both Rosales and Quevedo are over 80 and are no longer eligible to take part in a conclave when the time comes to elect a new pope.

The cardinal-elect has been serving as archbishop of Capiz since January 2012.

Born in Dumalag, Capiz, he was ordained a priest for the Capiz archdiocese in 1976.

In 2001, he was appointed bishop of San Carlos, a post he served for 10 years until he was transferred to Capiz as its fourth archbishop.

In the Philippine bishops’ conference, Advincula is currently the vice-chairman of the Committee on International Eucharistic Congress and the Office on Women.

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