Pope Francis appoints Filipino priest as new Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Arnaldo S. Catalan, first Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda.

The appointment was announced today, January 31, 2022, at the Vatican, at 7 pm (Manila time).

“His Eminence Jose Cardinal F. Advincula, Archbishop of Manila, thanks the Holy Father for this gift and honor and considers the appointment of Archbishop-elect Catalan as historic being the first priest of the Archdiocese of Manila to become a Nuncio,” Cardinal Advincula said in the statement released by the Archdiocese of Manila.

The Cardinal also “greets the new archbishop in the name of the clergy, religious men and women, and the laity of the Archdiocese and assures him of their support and prayers as he takes on this new mission.”

Archbishop-elect Catalan, 55, was ordained to the priesthood on March 25, 1994, for the Archdiocese of Manila.

Before his appointment as Nuncio, he has been serving as the Chargé d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in China since 2019.

He has worked in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See for the past 20 years. His previous assignments were in the Apostolic Nunciatures in Zambia, India, Kuwait, Turkey, Argentina, Canada, and the Philippines.

According to the statement, the details of his episcopal ordination are yet to be announced. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Manila Cathedral Facebook Page)



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