Beng, House leaders welcome new Philippines’s Papal Nuncio PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 August 2011 15:48

House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco joined Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and other House officials in welcoming the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, H.E. Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto. 

Accompanied by Monsignor Gabor Pinter, the new Papal Nuncio paid the House leaders a courtesy call on Tuesday at the House of Representatives.
Also on hand to welcome the Vatican envoy and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps were Deputy Speakers Raul Daza, and Pablo Garcia with Reps. Teodorico Haresco and Rachel Marguerite Del Mar.

Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, was appointed by the Holy Father on May 10, 2011. Before his appointment he served as nuncio to Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Mali, Guinea Bissau, and most recently Chile. Archbishop Pinto replaces Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, from the United States of America, who had been the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

By virtue of local diplomatic protocol, Archbishop Pinto will be also the concurrent dean of the diplomatic corps in the Philippines.
The 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations states that a papal nuncio is an ambassador like those from any other country. The Convention allows the receiving state to grant seniority of precedence to the papal nuncio over others of ambassadorial rank accredited to the same country, and may grant the deanship of that country’s diplomatic corps to the nuncio regardless of seniority. — Marvin Segura