New papal envoy due Sunday

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    TWO months since his appointment by Pope Francis, new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown is finally set to arrive in the country on Sunday, November 29.

    In a report by CBCP News, the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila informed the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that Brown is flying in from his home city of New York in the United States.

    “Brown is expected to present his credentials to the Philippine government soon thereafter,” CBCP news said.

    Before starting his new mission, Brown met Pope Francis during a private audience in the Vatican last October 23. Subsequently, the prelate spent a few weeks break in New York City.

    The 61-year-old American was appointed as the new papal nuncio to the Philippines last September 28.

    As papal envoy, Brown will represent the Vatican to the Philippine government while also playing 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.