Priest-architect behind altar during Pope Francis' PH visit dies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2020 02:18 PM

Photo courtesy of CBCP News

MANILA -- Fr. Alex Bautista, the celebrated priest-architect who designed the liturgical furnishings during the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in 2015, has passed away.

Bautista, who is from the Diocese of Tarlac, succumbed to an underlying neuromuscular ailment at 2 a.m. on Thursday, according to CBCP News.

He was 50 years old.

Bautista is known for designing the altar and the papal chair used by Pope Francis during his mass at the Quirino Grandstand in January 2015.

He has also designed churches and buildings both in the Philippines and abroad, such as La Sagrada Familia and the Shrine of San Josemaria Escriva in Tarlac.

The priest also served as architectural consultant to the Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.