MALAYSIA’S first resident ambassador to the Vatican, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, is happy that the Apostolic Nunciature (embassy) in Kuala Lumpur has found a permanent home in Taman U-Thant, Kuala Lumpur.
The former minister said the opening of the official chancery bodes well for the burgeoning relationship between Malaysia and the Holy See.
“This marks a milestone for the Vatican. Finally, they have their own premises since the Nunciature was set up in 2013.
Archbishop Marino (left) and Archbishop Becciu holding up the flag of the Holy See.
“This bodes well for the relationship between Malaysia and the Holy See, which began diplomatic ties in 2011. The opening of the official chancery is a culmination of that relationship.
“I can only see permanency in the relationship between Kuala Lumpur and the Vatican City,” Dompok said.
Dompok congratulated Apostolic Nuncio (diplomatic representative) to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino for being able to finally settle in to his new residence after putting in years of hard work in the country.
Archbishop Marino arrived in Malaysia in 2013 following his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI.
“This chancery came into being due to the work of the embassy, with assistance from the local churches and Government departments.
“I think they have worked very well. I congratulate Archbishop Marino for all he has done. I still remember the times when I visited him; he was holed up in a hotel for a number of years. Now, he can finally settle into his residence,” Dompok, a former Sabah Chief Minister, added.
(From left) Archbishop Marino, Archbishop Becciu, Dompok and Merican at the opening of the official chancery.
Dompok said he hoped to see Malaysia engage the Holy See in further dialogue on matters such as education, and promoting good relationships between countries.
The inauguration of the Nunciature on Thursday night was attended by Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who represented Pope Francis, and Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.