Praise for outgoing Indonesian nuncio’s work

Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli is set to leave Indonesia next month

January 21, 2011

INDONESIA: Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta has praised the work of outgoing apostolic nuncio to Indonesia Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who is due to leave for Singapore next month. The 57-year-old Italian archbishop was appointed to simultaneously serve as apostolic nuncio to Singapore, apostolic delegate to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, and non-resident pontifical representative for Vietnam, by Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 13. Archbishop Girelli served in Indonesia for over four years. “I am impressed with him. He visited all 37 dioceses in this country … including many remote areas,” said Archbishop Suharyo. Archbishop Girelli was greatly interested in interreligious dialogue, the deputy head of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference said. “He encouraged the Catholic Church in Indonesia to promote such dialogue,” he added. Related report Pope appoints representative to Vietnam IJ12969.1637