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PHL envoy to Vatican receives papal award

May 30, 2012 10:10am

Philippine ambassador to the Vatican Mercedes Tuason received an award from the Vatican for her role in boosting ties between the Philippines and the Holy See.
 
Tuason was awarded the Order of Pius IX, Class of Dame last May 23, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a news release on Tuesday.
 
"(Pope Benedict XVI gave the award to Tuason for her) significant contributions in the advancement of bilateral relations between the Holy See and the Philippines," said Msgr. Fortunatus Nwachukwu, the Holy Chief of Protocol.

The Order of Pius IX, also known as the Pian Order, is a Papal order of knighthood founded on June 17, 1847 by Pope Pius IX.

The living recipients of the higher ranks of the Order of Pius IX include:
 
  • Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic
  • King Juan Carlos I of Spain
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
 
Although the Pontifical Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See were originally founded and available for giving honors to gentlemen only, the Holy See Secretariat of State in November 1993 issued instructions that the Pontifical Orders of Pius IX, Saint Gregory the Great, and of Pope Saint Sylvester were also open for awarding to women.

Presentation of award
 
Those who presented the award to Tuason were Nwachukwu and Msgr. Guillermo Javier Karcher, First Class Attaché of the Secretariat of State.
 
Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, signed the award.
 
Accompanying Tuason at the awarding ceremonies held at the Vatican Apostolic Palace were Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Danilo Ibayan, Executive Assistant and Confidential Secretary to the Ambassador Josephine Bantug, and Father Jess Dajac, Filipino Roman Catholic priest of the Congregazione Clericale Missionariedella Fede. - VVP, GMA News
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