Archbishop Gabrielle Giordano Caccia is named apostolic nuncio to the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte slams the Catholic Church over his war on drugs
MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis on Tuesday, September 12, named Italian Archbishop Gabrielle Giordano Caccia as his new ambassador to the Philippines.
The 59-year-old Caccia will replace Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, 65, whom Francis moved to Croatia after 6 years of serving in the Philippines. Pinto left the Philippines in August.
The pontiff made the announcement at 6 pm on Tuesday, Manila time, a day after he returned to Rome from a trip to Colombia.
Caccia was the Vatican's ambassador or apostolic nuncio to Lebanon when the Pope assigned him to the Philippines.
Hailing from Milan, Italy, Caccia was born on February 24, 1958, according to the official news service of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1983, and was made an archbishop in September 2009.
Before he was assigned to Lebanon, Caccia was assessor for general affairs of the Vatican secretariat of state, CBCP News reported.
Caccia's posting to the Philippines comes as President Rodrigo Duterte slams the Catholic Church for supposedly meddling in his war on drugs.