MANILA, July 15, 2011â€” Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto arrived in the Philippines Friday and assured collaboration with the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for the Church.
The new papal nuncio was greeted by a delegation upon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City at around 10am.
â€œI am happy to be here to represent the Holy Father Benedict XVI and be received by the cardinal, bishops and officials from the foreign affairs,â€ Pinto said upon his arrival.
The Vatican official said he would collaborate with the Filipino bishops, priests, and the lay people for the good of the Catholic Church.
â€œThis Church in the Philippines is made up by people of profound faith and Iâ€™ll work to bring this faith with me and work together with them,â€ he added.
After the welcoming ceremonies, they proceed at the airportâ€™s presidential lounge and talked with officials of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines and the diplomatic corps.
Among the church leaders who greeted him were Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Bishop Nereo Odchimar, outgoing CBCP president.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, incoming CBCP president, and three other prelates were also there including former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See, Henrietta de Villa.
Archbishop Pinto, previously the papal nuncio to Chile, is the 15th Papal representative and the 10th Apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.
On May 10, Benedict XVI named Pinto as apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, a position left by his predecessor, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, last May 7.
Archbishop Adams was reassigned to Greece after almost 3 years in the Philippines.
Pinto holds a doctorate in Canon Law and is fluent in Italian, French, English, and Spanish.
He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on May 1, 1984. He had been posted in Papua New Guinea, Argentina, and Vatican City state secretariat. Pinto also served as apostolic nuncio to Senegal, Cape Verde, Mali, and Guinea-Bissau, and as apostolic delegate to Mauritania.
As apostolic nuncio, Pintoâ€™s principal task will involve strengthening ties between the Pope and the Philippine President as well as the local bishops. [CBCPNews]