MANILA - Pope Francis has appointed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as one of the newest members of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture.
In the bulletin released by the Holy See Press Office on Monday, Palma was among the eight new members appointed by the pope to the dicastery.
Many of the appointees were cardinals, including Venezuela's Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Poras Cardozo, Belgium's Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, Newark's Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, and Spain's Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, who also serves as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
A former president of the influential Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Palma has been serving the country's largest archdiocese since 2011.
With his appointment to a Vatican post, the prelate will now work with the dicastery currently left by Italian archbishop Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi aside from his usual pastoral work in Cebu.
The council was founded by Pope John Paul II in 1982 with the aim of "establishing dialogue between the Church and the cultures of our time, so that they could open themselves up to the Christian faith."