Churches in Bangladesh celebrate the arrival of new Apostolic Nuncio
More than a thousand lay Catholics, 100 nuns, 30 priests and 11 bishops from all the Dioceses of Bangladesh participated in the inauguration of Archbishop George Kocherry, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh. The function took place yesterday in Dhaka. Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of the Diocese welcomed the new papal representative expressed his full support of the whole Church of Bangladesh. In the past, he served as Secretary in the nunciatures in South Korea, Costa Rica, Nigeria, West Indies, Thailand, Singapore, Switzerland and Australia and as a representative of the Pope in Ghana and Zimbabwe.
Before the ceremony, George Kocherry met President Abdul Hamid. During the liturgy, he hailed the community: "I am very happy that I came in Bangladesh and will work together for the welfare of all and for humanity."
Kocherry Bishop was born on February 04, 1945 in Changanassery (Kerala, India). He left India in 1967 to study philosophy and theology in Rome, where he took a doctorate in Canon Law. In 1974 he was ordained a priest. In 2000, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio of Ghana and elevated to archbishop. In the African country he served for eight years: in 2008 it was moved to the Nunciature in Zimbabwe. He came to Bangladesh to take the place of the Archbishop American Msgr. Joseph Marino, the Vatican called in the first diplomatic mission in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, which was created earlier this year.
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