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Former CBCP president and Lingayen Archbishop Cruz dies

Former Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and retired Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85.


According to CBCP News, Cruz died at 6:45 a.m. at the Cardinal Santos Hospital due to a lingering illness.

“It is with profound sorrow that we inform you of the demise of Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz today at 6:45 a.m. at the Cardinal Santos Hospital due to a lingering illness. May he rest in peace,” CBCP News announced on its Facebook page.

According Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, CBCP Media Office director, the prelate was rushed to the hospital two weeks ago.

“He got pneumonia in 2017 and his health has been deteriorating since then,” he said.

Born on November 17, 1934 in Balanga, Bataan, Cruz received his seminary training at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, and further theology studies at the Pontifical Lateran University.

He was ordained priest in 1962 and became bishop in 1976. He was the first Filipino rector of San Carlos Seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila.

He was later appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Manila on March 4, 1976, and as Archbishop of Lingayen on July 5, 1991.

He also served as a judicial vicar of the CBCP National Tribunal of Appeals and director of the CBCP Legal Office.

In 2007, he tendered his resignation and it was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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