Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a statement issued Friday evening, chancellor of the archdiocese, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, said the cardinal does not feel other symptoms apart from having a slight fever.
“He is in quarantine, observing strict protocols,” he said. “Doctors are also monitoring his condition.”
At the same time, the archdiocese sought prayers for the cardinal’s immediate recovery.
“We appeal for your prayers for His Eminence and for all those who are sick with Covid-19,” Malicdem said.
The 69-year-old cardinal was last seen in public on September 15 at the San Felipe Neri Parish Church in Mandaluyong City, where he celebrated a Holy Mass to honor the country’s health front-liners.
Advincula is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
He was installed as the 33rd head of the Archdiocese of Manila in June.