Posts Tagged ‘Apostolic Nuncio’

“Horror scenes” in Sudan could spill over

Monday, May 15th, 2023

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus Maria van Megen, describes “horror scenes” in Sudan during continuous fighting. He issued a stark warning at the end of Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka’s Consecration Mass. Unless the Sudan war is halted in time, the violence and horror scenes will “spill over” to neighbouring countries, Read more

NZ bishops re-emphasise need for two new bishops

Monday, November 14th, 2022

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are again stressing the importance of bishops to the Palmerston North and Hamilton dioceses. At their November meeting the bishops re-emphasised the need for two bishops to the Pope’s diplomatic representative to New Zealand, His Excellency, Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa (pictured). New Zealand bishops are appointed through the Dicastery for Evangelisation headed Read more

New Zealand: forgotten to the Vatican?

Monday, October 17th, 2022
New Zealand bishop appointments

Antipodean New Zealand is not in the Holy See’s neighbourhood, but it is no real excuse for having two dioceses without bishops for so long, says Luke Coppen, in The Pillar. It is three years since Charles Drennan resigned as Bishop of Palmerston North. Coppen points out it appointing bishops in New Zealand has not Read more

New apostolic nuncio appointed to New Zealand and the Pacific

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa as Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand and Apostolic Delegate to the countries of the Pacific. Archbishop Rugambwa was born in Bukoba, Tanzania in 1957, ordained a priest in 1986 and Archbishop in 2010. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1991 and has served in Read more

Vatican not rushing to act against nun-rape accused bishop

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The Vatican is not rushing to act against an Indian bishop whom a nun has accused of rape. The unidentified nun, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, laid a complaint with the police at the end of June of being raped in May 2014. She says Bishop Franco Mulakkal also sexually abused Read more

Former Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Thomas White R.I.P

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Americas, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. In 1988 White was appointed to New Zealand, with responsibility for the vast Oceania territory, involving practically all the island states of the Read more

Climate refugees nothing new in the Pacific Islands

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Climate change threatens to displace i-Kiribati, the people of the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati. However if relocation proves necessary it will not be the first time that i-Kiribati have found themselves, en-mass, in a ‘strange’ land. The recently appointed Apostolic delegate to the Solomon Islands, Archbishop Mathew Kurian Vayalunkal received at a true i-Kiribati welcome Read more

The New Evangelisation in the light of the poor

Friday, November 29th, 2013

“every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be God’s faithful people. We achieve fulfilment when we break down walls and our heart is filled with faces Read more

Further Pacifc Island responsibilities for Archbishop Krebs

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Martin Krebs as apostolic nuncio to Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. Archbishop Krebs was previously apostolic nuncio to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia, and apostolic delegate in the Pacific Ocean. Source Vatican Information Service

New apostolic nuncio arrives in Wellington

Friday, July 12th, 2013

His Excellency Archbishop Martin Krebs, apostolic nuncio to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, arrived in Wellington on Thursday (11 July). Krebs was born in Essen, Germany, in 1956. He was ordained priest in 1983 and Bishop in 2008. He joined the Vatican’s diplomatic corps in 1991. He has been described as “possessed of what’s Read more