Pope’s appointments in the Philippines, Laos
Pope Francis also made two appointments elsewhere in Asia. In the Philippines, he transferred Bishop Gilbert Garcera of Daet to Lipa Archdiocese as Archbishop. Bishop Garcera is taking over from Archbishop Ramon Argüelles, who has retired.
In Laos, the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Vicario Apostolico of Paksé the Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Vientianne. The appointment came after the Vicar Apostolic Jean Khamsé Vithavong of Vientiane retired.