By Kier Edison C. Belleza
Cebu City – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has been invited to Myanmar when Pope Francis visits the mainly Buddhist country later this month.
The 68-year-old Palma confirmed the trip in an interview Thursday after officiating a concelebrated Mass at the mausoleum of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral on All Souls’ Day.
Palma had come from Iloilo, where he visited the graves of his parents in Dingle town.
He said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo invited him to Myanmar. Maung Bo was appointed papal legate of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress which took place in January last year in this city.
A papal legate or Apostolic legate is a personal representative of the Pope to foreign nations.
Pope Francis will be in Myanmar from November 27 to 30 where he will meet the country’s top Buddhist monks, its military generals and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi
He will then proceed to neighboring Bangladesh on November 30 and stay until December 2.
Because he will be in Myanmar, Palma will not be able to attend the 40th day from the death of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on November 26.
A nine-day requiem mass for Vidal will start on November 18 at the mother parish of the Archdiocese of Cebu.
Asked about the details of the last will of Vidal, Palma said the late cardinal has made a “good” one.
“It stipulates what to do with the books and the vestments. The resources of the archbishop is not owned by the archbishop himself but the whole archdiocese,” he said.
“As to his retirement home, we’ll have to decide on that first. We’ll find a way on what to with it because it is stipulated by the owner, the Cusi family, that the house is really for the Archdiocese,” Palma said.
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