Pope Francis has appointed Cebuano priest Jan Thomas Limchua as a Vatican papal chaplain.
The Vatican-based Limchua was given the title “Chaplain of His Holiness”, a recognition that comes with the title “Monsignor”, reported the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on October 20, 2020.
CBCP News explains: “the title of monsignor is an honor bestowed by the pope on certain priests in recognition of their service to the Church. It is also usually granted to priests serving in the papal household or the group of dignitaries who directly assist the pope in carrying out religious and civil duties.”
Among the duties performed by Monsignor Limchua are the following:
- currently serving the Vatican at the Section for the Relations with States of the Holy See
- Secretary of Apostolic Nunciature in Cairo, Egypt for four years before going to the Vatican in September
- In 2014, he officially started his tour of duty in the Holy See’s diplomatic service, serving at the Apostolic Nunciature in Benin and Togo (West Africa)
Jan Thomas Limchua was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Cebu in 2010.
His studies include:
- theological studies at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain
- Doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome
- diplomatic formation at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
Another prominent Filipino at the Vatican is Cardinal Luis “Chito” Tagle, who was appointed as Pope Francis’ new Prefect for Evangelization.
Just this October, the first Filipino-Swiss Vatican guard Vincent Lüthi was tasked to protect the Pope.
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