By Leslie Ann Aquino
“A big loss for the Catholic Church in the Philippines.”
This was how Henrietta de Villa, the country’s former ambassador to the Vatican, described Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia’s transfer to the United Nations.
De Villa said Caccia’s transfer was a big loss for the Philippine Catholic Church as he is an “authentic man of God.”
“An authentic man of God whose presence made the Church lovable and believable in this time of indifference toward the Church,” she said.
As nuncio, she said Caccia always made himself available to everyone.
“Nuncio Caccia also made himself so available, he visited so many dioceses and parishes in record time,” said De Villa.
On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Caccia as the next Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York.
The Aid to the Church in Need Philippines, meantime thanked Caccia for his unwavering support to the group.
“We thank His Excellency for his unwavering support to ACN, for his fatherly love, and for his constant prayers,” ACN said.
“We join the whole country in praying for our beloved Nuncio. May the Lord bless him abundantly in his new mission,” it further read.
Caccia has been serving as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines since September, 2017.