Church Names Apostolic Administrator for Novaliches

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'The Catholic Church has appointed an apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Novaliches, Papal Nuncio Antonio Franco announced on Saturday.

Franco said Rev. Antonio Tobias, bishop of the San Fernando de La Union diocese, will take over Bishop Teodoro Bacani's duties effective Saturday.

The Papal Nuncio clarified that the Church is not removing Bacani from the hierarchy, pending results of the investigation on allegations that he sexually harassed his secretary.

He said Tobias' appointment is to ensure that there is continuity in Bacani's work in the diocese.

He said Bacani can still continue with his priestly duties, including officiating mass.

He added that the case against Bacani is with the Vatican and a decision is expected.


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