Pope Francis congratulates Bongbong Marcos as 17th President of the Philippines

His Holiness Pope Francis extended his congratulations to Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos, Jr. as the 17th President of the Philippines ahead of his inauguration.

“I send my congratulations and cordial wishes to Your Excellency as you begin your mandate as the President of the Republic,” according to the message sent through Archbishop Charles John Brown, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines.

The Holy Father also assured Mr. Marcos Jr. of his prayers as he leads and governs more than one hundred million Filipinos.

“In assuring you of my prayers that you will be sustained in wisdom and strength, I invoke Almighty God’s blessings of peace and prosperity upon the nation,” said Pope Francis.

In a courtesy call held last June 10, 2022, Archbishop Brown and Mr. Marcos Jr. met and discussed how the church and the state will work together to further strengthen their relationship.

On June 30, 2022, Mr. Marcos Jr. was formally sworn in as the next president of the Philippines for the next six years. His inauguration was held at the National Museum, at 12 noon. He was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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