Incoming Papal Nuncio meets Pope Francis ahead of PH stint

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    ARCHBISHOP Charles John Brown, the incoming Apostolic Nuncio, recently met with Pope Francis in the Vatican ahead of his tour of duty in the Philippines.

    A report by CBCP News said Brown had a private audience with the pontiff last October 23, almost a month since his appointment to the Philippines was announced.

    “The meeting took place a few days after the archbishop ended his tour of duty in Albania, where he was assigned for the last three years,” said the official news agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    It said present during the private audience was Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples in the Vatican.

    “No date has been announced yet as to when the papal envoy will assume his new post in Manila,” CBCP News said.

    Last September 28, the 61-year-old American was appointed the new Papal Nuncio to the Philippines.

    As papal envoy, he will represent the Vatican State to the Philippine government and will also play a vital role in representing the Holy Father to the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

    The post of Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines has been vacant since November 2019. This was after Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Gabriele Caccia to the United Nations in New York as head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission.