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New apostolic nuncio to India arrives in Delhi

PANAJI: New apostolic nuncio to India Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro arrived in India on Thursday morning. He will act as the diplomatic representative of the Holy See in India and Nepal.

Diquattro who has previously served in the Secretariat of State in Italy and in Latin American countries has only made short visits to Asian countries like Korea and Japan. This is his first posting in an Asian country.

He was born in Bologna, Italy and was ordained a priest in 1981 in Ragusa in southern Italy. He received his master's degree in civil law from the University of Catania and his doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and his master's degree in Dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in May 1985 serving continuous missions in the Pontifical Representations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad, the United Nations (in New York) and later in the Secretariat of State of his Holiness section for relations with states, and in the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy.

He was appointed titular archbishop of Giromonte and Apostolic Nuncio to Panama in 2005, and was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia in 2008. He also served as the new Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal in January.

He was received at Delhi's Indira Gandhi international airport by Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Erankulam-Angamaly, Anil Counto Archbishop of Delhi, Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, and secretary General of CBCI among others.

Diquattro will be replacing Salvatore Pennachio.