New papal nuncio arrives

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    ARCHBISHOP Charles John Brown arrived in Manila yesterday to assume his duties as the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

    CBCP vice president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said he, Bishop Jesse Mercado of Paranaque City, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and others welcomed Brown upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino Internal Airport on board a Philippine Airlines flight from New York City at around 7:20 a.m.

    “We wish Archbishop Charles John Brown, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, a productive and collaborative engagement not only with the Catholic community, but also with the Philippine government in enriching the Filipino nation’s faith and its dedication to collectively prosper,” Andanar said as he welcomed the new Papal Nuncio.

    From the airport, the archbishop offered prayers at the Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish Church in Parañaque City.

    Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Brown last September 28, 2020 to replace Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, who was appointed as the Holy Father’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in November 2019.

    As the new Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Brown is expected to announce the appointment of a new Manila Archbishop who will succeed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who is now detailed at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome. – With Jocelyn Montemayor