Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:50
President Benigno S. Aquino III received Vatican’s newly-appointed Papal Nuncio to the Philippines who presented his letter of credentials to Malacanang.
In simple ceremony at the Music Room of the Malacanang Palace recently, the President warmly welcomed Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto who is tasked to continue strengthening the ties between the Catholic Church and the government.
Archbishop Pinto was accompanied by First Counselor Monsignor Gabor Pinter. Also in attendance were Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary Esteban Conejos Jr., Chief of Presidential Protocol Miguel Perez Rubio and Foreign Affairs chief of protocol Virginia Buenavidez.
Born on March 26, 1952 in Noci, province of Bari, the Italian Archbishop was ordained priest on April 1, 1978.
Archbishop Pinto, who was previously the papal nuncio to Chile, is the 15th Papal representative and the 10th Apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.
Papal or apostolic nuncio is the official title of the permanent diplomatic representative and head of the diplomatic mission of the Holy See to a state or international organization. He has the rank of an ambassador like those from any other country.
The papal nuncio enjoys seniority of precedence over other ambassadors in the Philippines, which grants the Pope’s representative the deanship of the country’s diplomatic corps.
On May 10, Pope Benedict XVI officially named the Italian prelate as apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, a seat left by his predecessor, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, last May 7.
In addition to his diplomatic duties, the nuncio serves as the liaison between the Holy See and the Roman Catholic diocesan episcopate in the country. Archbishop Pinto holds a doctorate in canon law and is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish.
He joined the diplomatic service on May 1, 1984. He was formerly assigned to Papua New Guinea, Argentina and the Vatican City state secretariat.
He also served as apostolic nuncio to Cape Verde, Senegal, Mali and Guinea-Bissau, and was apostolic delegate to Mauritiana.
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