Apostolic Nuncio ends mission in Angola – Jornal OPaís

The apostolic nuncio to Angola, Giovanni Gaspari, presented, yesterday, Monday, in Luanda, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teté António, farewell greetings, three and a half years after being appointed in this role

On the occasion, according to a press release, Pope Francis’ representative expressed appreciation for all the diplomatic support he received during his stay in the country.

Giovanni Gaspari spoke of the excellent cooperative relations maintained with the Angolan State, especially linked to “humanitarian initiatives, inter-religious dialogue, promotion of peace and social justice”.

He said it was a remarkable and satisfying mission, and he was leaving Angola with a feeling of duty accomplished.

One of his greatest achievements, he revealed, as apostolic nuncio to Angola, was having witnessed the elevation of an Angolan Catholic prelate to the highest rank of the Catholic Church, in a ceremony held in the province of Cunene.

On the other hand, he expressed his desire to see Pope Francis at the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the National Independence of Angola, in November 2024.

For his part, minister Teté António expressed recognition for the notable efforts and contributions of the apostolic nuncio during his mission in Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Born in 1963, Dom Giovanni Gaspari, born in Abruzzo (Italy), has been a priest since 1987. He graduated in Canon Law and obtained a degree in Moral Theology.

He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 2001 and served pontifical diplomatic missions in Iran, Albania, Mexico, Lithuania and then worked for a period at the Secretariat of State, in the Section for Relations with States.

In September 2020, Pope Francis sent him as nuncio to Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe, elevating him to the dignity of archbishop.

After Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe, he was recently appointed to the same position in Korea and Mongolia, replacing Dom Alfred Xuereb.

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