CBCP President Valles makes first public appearance after mild stroke

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DAVAO CITY  – Davao Archbishop and Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines President Romulo Valles made his first public appearance on Monday here after suffering a mild stroke more than two months ago.

Valles, 69, celebrated this year’s thanksgiving Mass during the kick off activity for the digital Kadayawan Festival 2020 held at the San Pedro Cathedral.

In opening his homily, the church leader said “Here I am. I’m happy to be back! Thank you for your prayers”.

The Bishop said during the attack he thought he was going to die because half of his body was paralyzed and his speech and swallowing were affected.

“It was no small sickness. I thought of a great possibility of dying,” he revealed.

The bishop has hospitalized on May 23 and was discharged on July 6.

“I still keep the cane but I can walk already but I’m still perfecting my walk,” Valles said. “I think I am progressing well, as the doctors said. I’m still practicing how to kneel but I’m halfway there,” he added.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (2nd from right) attended the thanksgiving mass for Kadayawan 2020 celebrated by Archbishop Romulo Valles.-CIO Photo

Monsignor Paul A. Cuison, the personal assistant and the vicar general of the Archdiocese said the Bishop is now back to work and has imposed the strict compliance of health protocol in the midst of coronavirus-19 pandemic-Newsline.ph

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