CBCP welcomes new PH envoy to Vatican; Grace na Princesa pa!

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is ready to work with the incoming Philippine envoy to the Vatican, Grace Relucio-Princesa.

Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said Princesa’s nomination is an added “blessing.”

“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,” Santos said (

Princesa spent more than 20 years in the Philippine Diplomatic Service before she was named Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Department’s Legislative Liaison Unit.

She was the first female Philippine ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. She was also assigned to Iraq, United States, Egypt and Switzerland.

According to Santos, they are ready to work with Princesa, whose nomination was announced by Malacañang over the weekend.

“We welcome her appointment, extends our cooperation and collaboration with her,” he said.

The CBCP noted there are 57 Filipino centers in Italy, and at least five Filipino chaplaincies in Rome, Milan, Bergamo, Padova and Florence.

“Our OFWs fill the Italian churches, and helping the parishes as pastoral workers. And our OFWs in Italy are very hardworking, very religious and honesty is their natural traits,” said Santos.

“Surely it will be holy and happy relationships of Nanay Amba Grace with our OFWs, priests and religious sisters,” he added.