The Archdiocese of Bangalore is all set to accord a formal welcome to the Vatican Ambassador to India on May 4.
His Excellency Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro the Apostolic Nuncio (The new Vatican Ambassador), is on his First Visit to the Archdiocese of Bangalore.
He is there to participate in the Standing Committee Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) at St. John’s Medical College; and also to preside over the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), Bangalore, located at the Da Costa Square, St. Thomas Town, Bengaluru.
On this occasion the Archdiocese of Bangalore has arranged a Pontifical High Mass on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m., at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Viveknagar, which will be presided over by His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio. And thereafter the Archdiocese will felicitate His Excellency. At this Religious Service and Function, the Cardinals and the Bishop-Members of the CBCI Standing Committee and a large number of Priests, Religious and Devotees of the Infant Jesus will be present.
On January 21 Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, the new Nuncio to India and Nepal. The 62-year-old prelate has taken over from Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, whom Pope Francis transferred to Poland as Apostolic Nuncio in August last year. The Apostolic Nunciature to India and Nepal is based in the Indian capital New Delhi.
Born in Bologna 1954, Arch. Diquattro was ordained a priest for Ragusa Diocese in 1981. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Panama in April, 2005 and was ordained a bishop two months later. He was transferred to Bolivia as Apostolic Nuncio in November, 2008, where he served until he was assigned his new mission to India and Nepal.