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Oldest Filipino Catholic bishop dies at age 96

Bishop Manuel Sobreviñas, retired prelate of Imus, died on Saturday, July 18, at the age of 96.

He was the oldest Catholic bishop in the Philippines.

The bishop died at Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan City past 12 noon.

“Please include him in all your Mass intentions,” read a statement from the Chancery of the Diocese of Imus.




Bishop Sobreviñas was born on April 7, 1924, in Dinalupihan town in the province of Bataan.

He attended grade school at Dinalupihan Elementary School and went to high school at the Seminario Menor de San Carlos in Mandaluyong City from 1931 to 1938.

He finished Philosophy in 1947 and Theology in 1951 at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila.

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He was ordained priest on March 10, 1951, at Villa San Miguel in Mandaluyong City.

On May 25, 1979, he was ordained bishop at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Manila on April 7, 1979.

He was installed bishop of Imus on April 1, 1993. He retired on October 22, 2001.

From 1984 to 1993, Bishop Sobreviñas served as minister of the Catechetical Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila and was chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education of the bishops’ conference from 1991 to 1993.

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