Pope Names New Bishop for Boac, Philippines

Fr. Marcelino Antonio Maralit Was Rector of St. Francis Theological Seminary

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Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the Diocese of Boac in the Philippines.

Today, the Vatican announced that the Holy Father has named Father Marcelino Antonio Maralit of the Archdiocese of Lipa, to be the bishop of Boac.

Until now, the priest has served as pastor of Alitatag, Batangas, and also has been a member of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Lipa.

Born in Manila on May 18, 1969, Marcelino Antonio Maralit would go on to study philosophy at St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary in Lipa City and theology at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, earning a licentiate in Sacred Theology.

He later attended the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, in Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in Church History.

In March 1995, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Lipa.

The Asian priest has held various pastoral and academic posts. From 2009 to 2013, he served as rector of the St. Francis Theological Seminary.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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