New Papal Nuncio arrives in Manila

New Papal Nuncio arrives in Manila

Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. PHOTO: http://www.acidigital.com

MANILA— The newly appointed Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, has arrived in Manila on Friday, November 10.

He was greeted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) by Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales and top officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, including its incoming president, Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao.

Pope Francis announced the 59-year old archbishop as his envoy to Asia’s most predominantly Christian country on Sept. 21, taking over Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto who was transferred to Croatia in July this year.

Archbishop Caccia was born in Milan, Italy in 1958. He was ordained priest in 1983. In September 2009, he was elevated to the rank of archbishop.

Prior to his appointment in Manila, the archbishop was the Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon.

As papal envoy, Archbishop Caccia will represent the Pope and the Holy See both with regard to the local Church, as well as to the civil authorities.

He will also be the dean of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Philippine government. CBCPNews