Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines

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Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the Philippines
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Address2140 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°34′9.8616″N 120°59′32.6796″E / 14.569406000°N 120.992411000°E / 14.569406000; 120.992411000Coordinates: 14°34′9.8616″N 120°59′32.6796″E / 14.569406000°N 120.992411000°E / 14.569406000; 120.992411000
Apostolic NuncioGabriele Giordano Caccia[1]

The Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines is a top-level diplomatic mission assigned by the Holy See to the Philippines, located at 2140 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila.

Diplomatically, an Apostolic Nuncio may be equivalent to an ambassador, and often carries the ecclesial title of archbishop. The nuncio works closely with the Archdiocese of Manila, and is by custom the Dean of the diplomatic corps.


The Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines was erected circa 1902. Though the official residence of the nuncio is located in Manila, he is not subject to the Archbishop of Manila.

Role in the hierarchy: vicariates[edit]

Monsignor Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines (fourth from left seated) at the Good Friday Processions of Baliuag, Bulacan.

As an apostolic vicar, the nuncio also serves a role in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. An apostolic vicariate is a territorial jurisdiction established in areas which do not have a diocese and the nuncio serves as metropolitan bishop to these vicariates.

In the Philippines, the apostolic vicariates are:

List of Apostolic Delegates and Nuncios to the Philippines[edit]

Apostolic Delegates[edit]

While there had been considerable Catholic influence in the Philippines since the Spanish colonization in 1565, it was only in 1900 that a Papal Legation with the rank of Apostolic Delegation in the Philippines was established. The first Apostolic Delegate to the country was the French Archbishop Placide Louis Chapelle, who served from 1900 to 1901.

There have been seven Apostolic Delegates of the Philippines, until the Vatican promoted the Papal Legation in the Philippines to the status of Apostolic Nunciature on August 9, 1951.

Apostolic Nuncios[edit]

There have been ten Nuncios since the establishment of the Nunciature from 1951 to the present.

Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines (3 September 2007 - 22 February 2011).

The last Delegate and the first Nuncio to the country was the Italian Archbishop, Monsignor Egidio Vagnozzi,who served from 1949 to 1958.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/09/12/pope_appoints_apostolic_nuncio_to_the_philippines/1336372
  2. ^ "Pope appoints new Nuncio to the Philippines". CBCP News. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.