Pope Francis has formally accepted Philippine presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo’s letter of apology for cursing the leader of the Roman Catholic church.
On Facebook today, April 4, Mayor Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher Bong Go posted Pope Francis’s message to the PDP-Laban standard-bearer.
The letter from the Vatican, dated February 24, 2016, was written by Italian archbishop and Substitute of the Secretariat of State Giovanni Angelo Becciu in behalf of Pope Francis.
Addressed to Mayor Duterte, the letter reads, “His Holiness Pope Francis has received your letter of 21 January 2016, and he has asked me to respond on his behalf.
“The Holy Father offers the assurance of his prayers for you, as he invokes upon you the divine blessings of wisdom and peace.”
Mayor Duterte, for his part, revealed in an earlier interview that it was Vatican’s reply to his letter of apology for cursing Pope Francis when he spoke about the heavy traffic situation caused by the pontiff’s visit in the Philippines.
He was referring to his expletive-laden speech during his proclamation as PDP-Laban’s standard bearer last November 30.