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Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines

The diplomatic post has been vacant since November last year.

Pope Francis has appointed a new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines to oversee the Holy See’s diplomatic mission in the country.

US-born Archbishop Charles John Brown, the current Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. (Read: Pope Francis Names the New Director of Vatican Health Fund)

Archbishop Brown was born on October 13, 1959. He was ordained on May 13, 1989, in a New York Archdiocese. Before coming to Rome, he worked as an assistant parish priest at St. Brendan’s Church in the Bronx.

Background

Archbishop Brown was appointed as adjunct secretary of the International Theological Commission in September 2009. His job is to help the Holy See—specifically the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—to examine doctrinal questions of major importance.

On November 26, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed then-Father Brown as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, which elevated his status to an archbishop. He was ordained as bishop on Epiphany Day, January 6, 2012, by Pope Benedict. (Read: Two Popes in the Vatican: How do they celebrate Christmas in their shared home?)

On March 9, 2017, under the leadership of Pope Francis, Archbishop Brown was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Albania.

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Pope Francis has named U.S. Archbishop Charles J. Brown to be the new nuncio to the Philippines. Brown is pictured in a file photo. (Photo from Paul Haring / CNS / Crux Now)

Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines

Diplomatically speaking, an Apostolic Nuncio may be equivalent to an ambassador and are often archbishops. He serves as an envoy or a diplomatic representative of the Holy See to a state or to an international organization.

In the Philippines, the Apostolic Nuncio’s post has been vacant since November 16, 2019, following the transfer of Italian Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia to the United Nations in New Year. He now serves as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer mission.

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