Sat. May 28th, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Msgr. Arnaldo Sanchez Catalan as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda, the Archdiocese of Manila said on Monday.


Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula said the Pope announced Catalan’s appointment on January 31.

In a statement, Advincula expressed gratitude to the Holy Father “for this gift and honor and considers the appointment of Archbishop-elect Catalan as historic being the first priest of the Archdiocese of Manila to become a Nuncio.”

He also greeted the new archbishop in the name of the clergy, religious men and women, and the laity of the Archdiocese.

Advincula also assured archbishop-elect of their support and prayers as he takes on this new mission in Rwanda.

The 55-year-old Catalan has been serving as the Chargé ‘affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in China since 2019.

He has worked in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See for the past 20 years. His previous assignments were in the Apostolic Nunciatures in Zambia, India, Kuwait, Turkey, Argentina, Canada, and the Philippines.

The newly elected archbishop was ordained to the priesthood on March 25, 1994.

The archdiocese said the details of Catalan’s episcopal ordination are yet to be announced.

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