KUALA LUMPUR – Msgr Marek Zalewski (right), counsellor of the apostolic nunciature in Malaysia, has been appointed by Pope Francis on March 25 as apostolic nuncio to Zimbabwe.

Following this announcement, Archbishop John Ha, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei congratulated Msgr Zalewski on his appointment, on behalf of the Conference.

In his message, Archbishop Ha said, “His rich experience serving in different countries, including the three countries of our Conference, puts him in good stead to play his role as Nuncio. We thank him for the services he has rendered us in the region of our Conference and in particular for his tireless groundwork to set up the Nunciature in Malaysia. We wish him God’s choicest blessings as he takes up his new appointment.”

Msgr Zalewski was born in 1963 and ordained a priest in Poland in 1989.

He then entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1995, and had various postings, including in Singapore from 2011 to 2012, then Malaysia from 2012 to 2014.

Archbishop Joseph Marino, apostolic nuncio to Malaysia, said in a press release on March 25, “I received with much joy the appointment of Monsignor Zalewski as Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe.  I am sure that he will bring to his mission there, as representative of Pope Francis, the same priestly and pastoral qualities of dedication and service that have characterised his ministry here.”