Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli blessing children at the Church of the Risen Christ on May 29.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore has been visiting parishes in the country.

Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli has so far met with parishioners from the Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Church of St Mary of the Angels and Church of St Vincent de Paul. He has also met with Catholics at St Joseph’s Church (Victoria St) and Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

On May 29, he visited the Church of the Risen Christ and celebrated the 11.30am Mass. He later had lunch with some 40 people including the priests of the parish and members of the parish pastoral council.

Parish priest Fr John Sim said the nuncio had an “informal and casual chat” over the number of parishioners, church groups and the pastoral needs of the congregation.

Members of the parish pastoral council said Archbishop Girelli showed concern over the pastoral needs of the faithful.

When Mr Michael Koh told him he is a catechist, Archbishop Girelli enquired if the catechists had undergone training.

Executive committee chairperson Emily Lee said the nuncio took a genuine interest in the parish’s pastoral programmes and was jotting down notes even as he spoke with Fr Sim.

The nuncio also spoke with other parishioners and took photos with them.

According to a statement by the Apostolic Nunciature, “His Excellency Archbishop Girelli has, from the start of his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio of Singapore, expressed a desire to know the faithful of this Archdiocese. With the knowledge of His Grace, the Archbishop of Singapore, the Nuncio will visit the various Churches and their respective parishioners as and when his schedule allows.”

By Darren Boon
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