Sunday, July 1, 2018

Amidst anti-Church standing exists Duterte’s invitation to the Day of the Pope

Pope Francis and President Rodrigo Duterte. Image credit to

It seems that the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte has won the respect of the Italian Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Italian Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia after he indirectly invites the President to celebrate the Day of the Pope in his own Manila residence.

The set date is June 29 and the invitation was forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after EDSA People Power Commission Pastor Boy Saycon announced it so.

“The Papal Nuncio has invited the President on Friday (June 29) because it’s the Day of the Pope,” Saycon announced through the official Facebook page of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Recalling the history between the agencies, President Duterte recently formed a three-man team to convene relations with the religious matters of the country, highlighting the Catholic Church, in order to hopefully bring unity and peace between the State and the Church. This three man team was formed on the 27th of June in Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) Ortigas. Other than Saycon, Presidential Roque and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella are the other members of this team.

The Spokesperson on the otherhand confirmed such invitation and stated that it was forwarded to Abella’s agency.

“I think there’s an invitation which was issued for the President to attend the eve [sic] of the Pope’s Day celebration at the Papal Nuncio’s residence,” Roque said.

“But I will check first because apparently the invitation was forward to the Department of Foreign Affairs so I will call the office if there’s any information on this invitation,” the Spokesperson continued.

But being one of the busiest men due to his role in governing the country, Roque stated that they still need to see if the President can attend the celebration since his schedule may not permit so.

“I do not know if the schedule of the President will permit it and I do not know if the President will ask the three of us to go to represent him,” Roque continued.

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Daily Pilipinas Source: PTV

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