MANILA, Sept. 17, 2016— Zamboanga archdiocese’s former archbishop, Carmelo Morelos, passed away due to age-related illness on Saturday afternoon. He was 85.
He was undergoing treatments for some time due to ill health.
Prior to his appoint as archbishop, Morelos was named the first bishop of Butuan diocese in 1967.
After serving Butuan for about 27 years, he was moved to Zamboanga archdiocese in 1994, where he served until his retirement in 2006.
Morelos also served as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) from 1991 to 1995.
In his 49 years as bishop, he was tasked to work for various CBCP offices such as the Commissions on the Laity, Family and Life, Liturgy, and the Pontificio Collegio Filipino.
The bishop was also twice chairman of the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference, a forum of religious and lay leaders that was painfully torn up by an ideological crisis toward the end of the Marcos years.
A native of Sorsogon City, Morelos was ordained a priest in 1954 and has served the ministry for 62 years. (CBCPNews)