Archbishop Charles John Brown, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, has arrived in Manila on Sunday to assume his duties.
The Vatican ambassador arrived at the NAIA Terminal 2 on board Philippine Airlines from New York. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines)
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, the Vice President of the Philippine bishops’ conference, and Bishop Jesse Mercado of Parañaque welcomed Archbishop Brown. He was also greeted by some government officials and staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila upon his arrival at the airport.
First Visit to a Philippine Church
From the airport, Archbishop Brown also prayed at the Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish Church in Parañaque City. This was his first time to visit a church in the country. (Read: Four IG-worthy shrines in the PH that are dedicated to Mama Mary)
Archbishop Brown is a devotee of Our Lady of Good Counsel. He started being one after being assigned in Albania— his last assignment before coming to the Philippines. He was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines on Sept. 28, 2020. (Read: Meet 3 Filipinos Who Work in the Vatican)
Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia, the former Apostolic Nuncio, now heads the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission in the United Nations in New York.
As an apostolic nuncio or papal envoy, Archbishop Brown will represent the Vatican State to the Philippine government while also playing a crucial role in representing the Pope to the Catholic Church in the Philippines. (Read: Pope Francis Meets New Papal Envoy to the Philippines)
Archbishop Brown is expected to present his credentials to the Philippine government next month.