The Manila Cathedral is being prepared for the arrival of the new archbishop of the Philippine capital.
In an announcement on April 15, church officials said the cathedral will indefinitely be closed to the public as it prepares for the arrival of the 33rd archbishop of Manila.
“The Manila Cathedral will remain closed in the coming days until further announcement due to needed renovations as we prepare for the coming of our new Archbishop,” read the announcement.
It said the Manila Cathedral will continue holding online Masses “as scheduled.”
Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Jose F. Advincula of the Archdiocese of Capiz in the central Philippines as the new archbishop of Manila in March.
The Archdiocese of Manila has been left “sede vacante” after Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle assumed his post as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome in February last year.