Pope Francis on Monday, September 28, 2020, appointed a new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines. The Pope has transferred US-born Archbishop Charles John Brown, currently, the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, to head the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines in Manila, reported Vatican News.
The Apostolic Nuncio’s post in the Philippines has been vacant since November 16, 2019, when Pope Francis transferred Italian Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia to the United Nations in New York as head the Holy See’s Permanent Observer mission.
Archbishop Charles John Brown was born on October 13, 1959, and was ordained a priest of New York Archdiocese on May 13, 1989. Before coming to Rome, he worked as assistant parish priest St. Brendan’s Church in the Bronx.
In September 2009, he was appointed as adjunct secretary of the International Theological Commission, which helps the Holy See, primarily the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in examining doctrinal questions of major importance.
On November 26, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Brown Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, elevating him to the dignity of archbishop. Pope Benedict ordained him bishop on Epiphany Day, January 6, 2012.
Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Brown Apostolic Nuncio to Albania on March 9, 2017.