Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon and Papal Nuncio Gabriele Caccio held a closed-door meeting at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, that lasted for almost one hour yesterday.
Caccio arrived yesterday in Negros Occidental to attend the 30 th founding anniversary of the Diocese of San Carlos, on invitation of Bishop Gerardo Alminaza.
Buzon has been at odds with the St. John Institute Board of Trustees, that led to his non-recognition of SJI as a Catholic school, and its Queen of Peace Church ceasing to be a place of worship since May 31 last year.
He did not give details on the outcome of his meeting with the Papal Nuncio, that was also attended by Alminaza.
Jan Saril, counsel of SJI, previously disclosed that the school Board of Trustees will seek the reversal of the decree of Buzon against their school and church before the Papal Nuncio, and go all the way up to the Pope, if necessary.
The SJI Board of Trustees had been asking the bishop to “de-parish” the church and restore its former status as a chapel.
Msgr. Eugene Peral, vicar general of the Diocese of San Carlos, yesterday said the Papal Nuncio is expected to give the message of Pope Francis during the 10 a.m. mass today at the San Carlos Cathedral.
Papal Nuncio Caccio, an Italian, assumed as the new ambassador of Vatican to the Philippines, three months ago.
Peral said he expects a huge turnout of Catholic devotees to attend the mass today, where Bohol Bishop Danny Parcon, who hails from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, will deliver the homily.
While they may have no concerns to raise before the Papal Nuncio, Peral said they are only praying for the Church to grow in faith, adding that they have been blessed in the past several years as a young diocese in Negros Island.
The Diocese of San Carlos covers 46 parishes from Manapla, Negros Occidental, to La Libertad, Negros Oriental.
Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Maranon III, in behalf of his father, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., welcomed at the Nature's Restaurant in Talisay City, the Papal Nuncio who proceeded last night to San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.*GPB
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