The farewell Mass for Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla at Seoul's Myeongdong Cathedral on Sept. 6. (Photo by The Catholic Times of Korea)
Philippine-born Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, apostolic nuncio to Korea and Mongolia has resigned from his role as Vatican diplomat.
Having served nine years and five months, Archbishop Padilla was the longest serving apostolic nuncio to Korea. He was also the apostolic nuncio to Mongolia for the same amount of time.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (CBCK) conducted a farewell Mass for Archbishop Padilla at Seoul's Myeongdong Cathedral on Sept. 6.
Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju, CBCK president, concelebrated the Mass with Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung and Archbishop Padilla.
Archbishop Padilla's younger brother Archbishop Francesco Padilla, apostolic nuncio to Kuwait, also attended the Mass.
"It was great honor to serve the church of Korea," Archbishop Padilla said in his homily.
The 75-year-old archbishop recalled the apostolic visit of Pope Francis in 2014. "Pope Francis's visit to Korea was the time for communion, faith, prayer and blessing," he said. "It was a good chance to pray for the happiness of Korea and peace on the Korean Peninsula."
Cardinal Yeom thanked Archbishop Padilla for his service to the church in Korea. "Archbishop Padilla has worked very well for the close communications with the Vatican and the Korean Church," said Cardinal Yeom. "Korean Catholics will not forget Archbishop Padilla and will pray for him."
Archbishop Padilla was to leave South Korea on Sept. 15. Monsignor Marco Sprizzi will be acting apostolic nuncio until the appointment of a replacement.