Thursday, 03 October 2019 05:51

Pope Francis appoints Filipino Archbishop Auza as new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain


Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza is the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, currently the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, has been appointed as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain.
Photo Credit: Roy Lagarde - CBCPNews

The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, titular of Suacia and currently Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations Organization in New York, as apostolic nuncio in Spain and in the Principality of Andorra.

The appointment of Archbishop Auza was made by His Holiness Pope Francis was announced in Rome a 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 1 according to the Vatican website.

Archbishop Auza succeeds retired Archbishop Renzo Fratini, who has been in the post since 2009 and turned 75 in July, the age which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation into the pope.

Upon his appointment, Archbishop Auza who is fluent in the Spanish language has been serving as the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, a post he held since 2014.

According to the CBCP Website, Bishop Ruperto of Balanga said that it is very "significant and meaningful” that the new papal envoy to Spain will be a Filipino since Archbishop's Auza's appointment came less than two years before the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines through the Spanish missionaries.

 “On the forthcoming grace-filled event of 500 years of Christianization of our country, the Philippine Church gives her gift and gratitude in the person of Archbishop Auza,” he said.

“God’s graces and the Gospel our Spanish missionaries have sown in us are our fruits for Spain and for the whole world.

“It is indeed a call for us to celebrate with gratitude and with deep appreciation of our 500 years of Christianization,” Bishop Santos added.

A native of Talibon in Bohol province, Archbishop Auza was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tagbilaran in 1985. He was incardinated to the then newly-formed Diocese of Talibon in 1986.

In 1990, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. His first assignment was in Madagascar from 1990 to 1993 and was a member of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the U.N. before assuming his post in Haiti in 2008.

Archbishop Auza also served in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican, after his assignment to the Apostolic Nunciatures in Bulgaria and Albania. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)



Sources:
Vatican Website
CBCPNews

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