Pope Names Most Rev. John Forrosuelo Du, D.D. new Palo Archbishop

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2012— A bishop from the Diocese of Dumaguete has been named the new head of the Archdiocese of Palo in Eastern Visayas.

Pope Benedict XVI announced in Rome today the appointment of Bishop John Du, 57, as archbishop of Palo.

He will now take the title of Archbishop-designate ahead of his official installation soon, succeeding Archbishop Jose Palma who was transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu in October 2010.

Papal nuncio to the Philippine Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto relayed the news of the Du’s appointment to Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, media director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Du was born on Oct. 18, 1954, in Bantayan, Cebu. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1979.

In 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu. He was appointed Bishop of Dumaguete on April 21, 2001.

Currently, the archbishop-elect is CBCP’s treasurer and chairman of the CBCP Pension Plan. (CBCP News)