The Most Reverend Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, recently visited the Capas National Shrine on June 5, 2021 to offer prayers and wreath to the brave men and women who served and died during the Second World War. A simple wreath offering ceremony, led by Archbishop Brown, was held at the Battling Bastards Monument and the Obelisk.
The Most Reverend Enrique V. Macaraeg of Diocese of Tarlac, Tarlac Governor Susan A. Yap, Congressman Victor Yap, and Capas Mayor Reynaldo L. Catacutan also joined the Archbishop during the visit and wreath offering.
The staff and personnel of the Capas National Shrine warmly welcomed the Papal Nuncio on behalf of Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator USec. Ernesto G. Carolina. They also expressed their appreciation to Archbishop Brown for taking the time to visit the shrine and offer prayers to the Filipino guerillas and American soldiers who fought and endured the Bataan Death March.
Before the visit ended, Engr. Darwin M. Campo, Shrine Curator II of the Capas National Shrine toured the Archbishop around the shrine and briefed him about the history of the Capas National Shrine and its role during the Second World War.
As Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Brown heads the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines and represents the Pope to the country’s Catholic church. He was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the country in September 2020 and presented his credentials to the Philippine Government in December of the same year.
Archbishop 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 at St. Brendan’s Church in the Bronx.