Human rights groups have accused the Justice Department of the Philippines of rushing the process and not allowing the nuns to defend themselves.
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The Vatican announced the money would also help Caritas Poland, the country’s biggest charitable organization, “to address the migratory emergency on the border between the two countries."
The Philippines on Friday reported 20,336 new COVID-19 cases, with more than 300 deaths, the highest in almost a month.
After completing her final lift, the champion weightlifter held her hands to her face, burst into tears and clutched at her Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary hanging from her neck.
Santo Niño de Cebú, the miraculous statue of the Child Jesus and the devotion that helped make the Philippines grow into one of the largest Catholic populations in the world, is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year.
The Philippines has had more than 677,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 13,000 deaths, among the highest rates in Southeast Asia.
Filipino Catholics who live in Rome attended the Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, which was also live-streamed for people to watch around the world.
Every year, up to 18 million devotees have taken part in the annual procession and the other festivities.
From 1994 to 2011, Archbishop Brown worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and he was appointed apostolic nuncio to Ireland in November 2011.