Pope Francis envoy presents letters of credence to President Mutharika

Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

Pope Francis envoy Titular Archbishop of Mottola, Monsignor Gianfranco Gallone, on Friday presented his letters of credence to President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

President Mutharika receiving letters of credence from Pope Francis' envoy President Mutharika receiving letters of credence from Pope Francis' envoy Abel Ikiloni

The development means that Monsgnor Gallone is now the Apostolic Nuncio responsible for both Malawi and Zambia.


Francis Kasaila, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation told journalists that Malawi cherishes the cordial relationship with the Catholic Church in the country.


“During the discussion we were recalling the support we have been receiving from the Catholic Church and the Holy See. The Apostolic Nuncio is also very pleased with the freedom of worship existing in the country,” said Kasaila.


The Minister added that as evidence of the good relationship between the State and Catholic Church, Pope Francis who is currently in Mozambique sent a message to President Mutharika informing him of his visit to the neighbouring country and wishing him personal good health.


He said: “The Pope’s message of goodwill to President Mutharika is a sign that even the Vatican recognizes the good relationship between Government and the Catholic Church in Malawi and we would like that to continue for the benefit of our people.”

Gallone is well read and holds a doctorate degree in canon law and entered diplomatic service of the Holy See on June 19, 2000. He speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese,Slovak in addition to his native Italian.He was was born on April 20, 1963 in CeglieMessapica (Brindisi) – Italy.

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