· The natural and cultural riches of Madagascar in the Secretary of State's homily at the ordination of Nunzio Gualtieri ·
A “nation rich in original cultural expression, one with an extremely thriving nature and with a high level of biodiversity and a high number of species exclusive to the area, which must be protected”.
It was in this way that Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, described “the great and beautiful island of Madagascar” to the newly ordained Archbishop, Paolo Rocco Gualtieri. On 13 April Pope Francis appointed Gualtieri as Apostolic Nuncio in the African country.
At the episcopal ordination on Saturday, 30 May, held at the Altar of the Chair in the Vatican Basilica, the Cardinal underlined that in the Madagascar the young prelate will be met by “a Church committed to the service to the poor, to the formation of young people and to protecting the dignity of women”. It is a Church “close to and supportive of the victims of natural disasters”; a Church which “dialogues with other Christian communities”; a Church which works “so that all political and social parties may find ways to peacefully settle disputes for the good of the country”. Then Cardinal Parolin urged “to promote peace and dialogue, to bring to difficult situations the words of the Pope, which embodies the Gospel in today's social and cultural situations”. But he warned, “in order to perform this mission well it is necessary to love the Church profoundly, welcome with generosity the many gifts of which she is adorned” and “to have the heart of shepherd who with humility and patience works for the good of all”.
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