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Papal delegate positive on Vatican relations

  • ucanews.com reporter, Kota Kinabalu
  • Malaysia
  • November 1, 2011
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Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, the apostolic delegate to Malaysia, believes relations between Malaysia and the Vatican are moving in the right direction.

“Soon the Vatican will appoint an apostolic nuncio to represent the pope in Malaysia. This is a positive move,” he said on Sunday during a visit to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

Malaysia does not yet have diplomatic relations with the Vatican and Singapore-based Archbishop Girelli serves as apostolic delegate to Malaysia rather than apostolic nuncio.

He said the situation in Malaysia changed following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the Vatican in July, where he had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Girelli was visiting the Church in Sabah for the first time since he was appointed apostolic delegate in January.
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