Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines
|Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the Philippines|
|Address||2140 Taft Avenue
|Apostolic Nuncio||Gabriele Giordano Caccia|
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
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:
- Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe
- Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan
- Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo
- Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa
- Apostolic Vicariate of San José in Mindoro
- Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk
- Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay
List of Apostolic Delegates and Nuncios to the Philippines
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.
- † Placide Louis Chapelle (1900 - 1901)
- † Donato Sbarretti (16 September 1901 - 26 December 1902, appointed Apostolic Delegate to Canada)
- † Giovanni Battista Guidi (1902 - 27 June 1904 , died in office)
- † Ambrose Agius, O.S.B. (24 August 1904 - 13 December 1911, died in office)
- † Joseph Petrelli , 1st Bishop of Lipa 1910, was Charge d'Affaires of the delegation until his appointment as Delegate in 1915 (1911-1915)
- † Joseph Petrelli (1915 – 1921, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Peru)
- † Guglielmo Piani, S.D.B. (17 March 1922 - 5 October 1948, appointed Official to México)
- † Egidio Vagnozzi (9 March 1949 - 9 August 1951)
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.
There have been ten Nuncios since the establishment of the Nunciature from 1951 to the present.
- † Egidio Vagnozzi (9 August 1951 - 16 December 1958, appointed Apostolic Delegate to the United States of America)
- † Salvatore Siino (14 March 1959 - 8 October 1963, died in office)
- † Carlo Martini (29 November 1963 - 5 August 1967, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Chile)
- † Carmine Rocco (16 September 1967 - 22 May 1973, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil)
- † Bruno Torpigliani (6 June 1973 - April 1990, retired)
- † Gian Vincenzo Moreni (8 September 1990 - 3 March 1999, died in office)
- Antonio Franco (6 April 1999 - 21 January 2006, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Israel)
- Fernando Cardinal Filoni (25 February 2006 - 9 June 2007, appointed Sostituto (Substitute) of the Secretariat of State)
- Edward Joseph Adams (3 September 2007 - 22 February 2011, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Greece)
- Giuseppe Pinto (10 May 2011 – 1 July 2017, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia)
- Gabriele Giordano Caccia (12 September 2017- Present)
The last Delegate and the first Nuncio to the country was the Italian Archbishop, Monsignor Egidio Vagnozzi,who served from 1949 to 1958.
- List of diplomatic missions of the Holy See
- List of diplomatic missions in the Philippines
- Foreign relations of the Holy See
- Foreign relations of the Philippines
- Catholic Church in the Philippines
- "Pope appoints new Nuncio to the Philippines". CBCP News. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.