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Malaysia’s new Vatican envoy arrives in KL

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s new Catholic Apostolic Nuncio designate (ambassador) has arrived in the country.

The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, in a statement yesterday, said that Archbishop Wojciech Załuski, Apostolic Nuncio designate to Malaysia and Timor-Leste and Apostolic Delegate to Brunei Darussalam, arrived yesterday afternoon.

“In adherence to the current standard operating procedures for travellers into Malaysia, Archbishop Zaluski who arrived here this afternoon will be tested for Covid-19 and will be undergoing his home quarantine at the Apostolic Nunciature in Kuala Lumpur.”

The statement said that Archbishop Zaluski will be presenting his credentials as the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at a later date.

“His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow and members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia warmly welcome His Excellency to Malaysia and are looking forward to working closely with him for the spiritual good of the Catholic Church in Malaysia,” the statement added.

The first Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, arrived in Malaysia in 2013 and ended his tenure in 2019.

The 61-year-old Archbishop Załuski joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1989 and filled assignments in Burundi, Malta, Albania, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Georgia, Ukraine, the Philippines, and Guatemala.

In July 2014, Pope Francis named him Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and titular archbishop of Diocletiana in Croatia. –  Marina Emmanuel, New Straits Times

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