Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos dies at 74

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Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos and Postmaster General Joel L. Otarra at the launch of a commemorative stamp to mark the diocese's 50th anniversary in May. (InterAksyon file photo by Erwin Mascariñas)

MANILA, Philippines — Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos died on Saturday. He was 74.

“Every death diminishes us. Something in us dies when a loved one dies. In the death of Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos a part of us dies too but we look at death with hope and faith in the Risen Lord,” Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement on his colleague’s death.

“He is a priest forever. The battle is over! The victory is won. Well done, good and faithful priest of God! Pray for us Bishop Didi,” Villegas added.

Pueblos served Butuan for 22 years.

He was born in Moto Sur in Loon town, Bohol in 1943 and was ordained as a priest in 1968.

In 1985, Pueblos was named auxiliary bishop of Davao and later ordained titular bishop of Zaba’s diocese.

He served as bishop in Kidapawan for eight years before being assigned to Butuan.