Papal Legate Cardinal Bo calls on President Aquino

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President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a gift from His Eminence Charles Maung Bo, Papal Legate and Archbishop of Yangon, His Excellency Most Reverend Jose palma, Archbishop of Cebu and the Pontifical delegation during a courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (Feb. 1). The Papal Legate and his delegation is in Manila after the successful celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a gift from His Eminence Charles Maung Bo, Papal Legate and Archbishop of Yangon, His Excellency Most Reverend Jose palma, Archbishop of Cebu and the Pontifical delegation during a courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (Feb. 1). The Papal Legate and his delegation is in Manila after the successful celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

MANILA (Feb. 1, 2016) – His Eminence Charles Maung Cardinal Bo, SDB, archbishop of Yangon, paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Music Room of Malacañang Palace on Monday.

Cardinal Bo, Myanmar’s first Roman Catholic cardinal, was appointed by Pope Francis as the Papal Legate to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) held in Cebu City from Jan. 24 to 31.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that during the courtesy call, President Aquino and Cardinal Bo discussed the state visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines last year and the just-concluded 51st IEC.

“During the courtesy call, they spoke about the state visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Philippines, as well as President Aquino’s visit to the Holy See last December—both of which highlight the strength of our bilateral ties. Also discussed was the successful hosting of the 51st IEC in Cebu, which attracted around 15,000 delegates from all over the world. Held last week, from Jan. 24 to 31, the 51st IEC is the second to be held in the Philippines, with the first one being hosted in Manila in 1937,” Lacierda said in a statement.

Cardinal Bo was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Dominic Bar Bu, secretary general of the Archdiocesan Office of Yangon; Rev. Msgr. Chibuke Onyeaghala, first counselor of the Apostolic Nunciature; and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the 51st IEC. Palma served as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 2011 to 2013.

Cardinal Bo is a member of the Salesians of St. John Bosco. He was installed as archbishop in 2003 and was created cardinal by Pope Francis on February 14, 2015.

An estimated one million faithful participated in the 51st IEC, an international gathering aimed at promoting awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. (Presidential Communications Operations Office)

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