MANILA - Pope Francis has appointed his new ambassador to the Philippines, Italian Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia.
The Vatican made the announcement Tuesday, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
Caccia, who previously served as the papal nuncio to Lebanon, will replace Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, who served in the Philippines for six years before he was transferred to Croatia in July this year.
Pinto, also an Italian prelate, was the papal nuncio when Pope Francis visited the Philippines in 2015.
Caccia's appointment to the Philippines is his second as an ecclesiastical diplomat.
A native of Milan, Caccia was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1983. He was ordained as archbishop on September 2009.
Before serving as papal nuncio to Lebanon, Caccia also served as assessor for general affairs of the Secretariat of the Vatican City State.
A papal nuncio, officially called the apostolic nuncio, serves as the pontiff's ambassador.
By custom, the papal nuncio in the Philippines also seats as the dean of the diplomatic corps. - Erik Tenedero, ABS-CBN News