Duterte names new envoy to the Holy See

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2018 10:07 PM

Ambassador Grace Relucio Princesa. DFA file photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Grace Relucio-Princesa as Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See. 

According to CBCP News, Princesa has spent more than 20 years in the Philippine diplomatic service, including her work as assistant secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs' Legislative Liaison Unit. 

She was also the first female Philippine ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and had previous postings in Iraq, USA, Egypt and Switzerland.

Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP) Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, welcomed the appointment. 

"Nanay Amba is very known for our OFWs in UAE where she was posted before. She has her heart for OFWs, truly caring and working for their well-being," the bishop said. 

"We welcome her appointment, extends our cooperation and collaboration with her... Surely it will be holy and happy relationships of Nanay Amba Grace with our OFWs, priests and religious sisters."

Princesa's nomination must be approved by the bicameral Commission on Appointments. 

Governments send their envoys to the Holy See, which is the universal government of the Catholic Church. The Pope is both the head of the Vatican City State and the Holy See.