Mar 02 2018

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Papal Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia

“The true treasures of Bohol are its people,” Papal Nuncio Gabriele Giordano Caccia expressed this realization, feeling overwhelmed by warmth of reception he received during this week’s visit here.

He quoted Psalms 133:1 A Song of Ascents of David “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” to describe the community of Boholanos during honoring and testimonial dinner hosted by the Provincial Government of Bohol.

Gov. Edgar Chatto joined by provincial and city officials presented token key to Nuncio Caccio during the honoring and testimonial dinner attended by city as well as national government officials, clergy, religious, and lay people.

The Apostolic Nuncio is the representative of the Pope to the Philippines as well as the Dean of the Philippine Diplomatic Corps.

He was guest of honor during the turnover on Tuesday of the newly restored Immaculate Conception Parish in Baclayon, one of most authentic Spanish colonial churches and declared a national historical landmark. The parish church was among devastated during the 2013 7.2 magnitude great Bohol earthquake.

The Nuncio signed the certificate of completion of the parish church along with National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chair Rene Escalante, Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Diocese of Tagbilaran Bishop Abet Uy, Parish priest Fr. Nilo Batausa.

The parish church was built by its founding fathers: Jesuits Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sanchez in 1596 and declared a Historical cultural value by the NHCP and a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum in 2010.

In 2008, the Holy See and the Philippines through the National Historical Commission of the Philippines also signed a cooperation in preserving Philippine churches.

Under Republic Act 166, NHCP took to task the restoration, protection, and conservation of Baclayon Parish church, which focused on the toppled tower, the altar, the old pulpit, the antique pews, the old pipe organ and the repainting of the ceilings.

During Holy Mass officiated after the opening rites, Nuncio Caccia quoted St. Paul “We are afflicted in every way possible, but we are not crushed,” describing Baclayon having experienced the earthquake.

His visit, he stated, is a sign of the presence and love of Pope Francis for Philippines and Filipinos all over the world, which visit after Typhoon Yolanda the Pope fondly spoke of.

In liturgical celebration after his arrival, Caccia had said “It is good when church and government work together. When there is harmony, there is peace and joy.”

Speaking about the newly restored Baclayon church, he said overcoming difficulties is a sign of resilience, strength, and most especially of faith.

“Facing adversities is also a time to restore lives and to find peace and joy in the Lord,” he added.

Caccia was welcomed by Chatto, First Lady and Balilihan Mayor Pureza Veloso-Chatto, Bishop Uy, Bishop Emeritus Leo Medroso, Bishop Daniel Patrick Parcon of the Diocese of Talibon, Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap, and wife Jane Cajes-Yap, Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio and City Administrator Edi Borja.

He also visited ongoing restoration work at the parishes of Maribojoc and Loon, and celebrated a Holy Mass at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

Permanent link to this article: http://edcom.bohol.gov.ph/papal-nuncio-gabriele-giordano-caccia/