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Papal envoy in Khunti today

Ambassador of the Holy See to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, has stressed that everyone will have to play an important role in building peace in our communities and the world.

The ambassador, referred to in church parlance as the Apostolic Nuncio, was given a rousing welcome at Archbishop House after he landed in Ranchi on Friday afternoon on a day’s visit.

He was received by Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo and Binay Kandulna, bishop designate of Khunti.

The Nuncio would take part in the consecration of Binay Kandulna as the bishop of Khunti on Saturday morning.

As per a programme drawn up by the Ranchi archdiocese, the Nuncio accompanied by Cardinal Toppo would leave Archbishop House at 7.45 amfor Khunti diocese. At Khunti, ceremonies for installation of a new bishop would commence at 9 am.

The Nuncio is slated to return to Delhi Saturday evening.

Last year, on November 30, Pope Benedict XVI had appointed the Auxiliary Bishop, Binay Kandulna of Ranchi Archdiocese, as the new bishop of Khunti.

The seat of Khunti bishop had fallen vacant after Bishop Stephen Tiru passed away on March 3 last year.

”I have brought with me the blessings of the Holy Pope. I will take part in the installation of the new bishop of Khunti tomorrow morning,” the Nuncio told The Telegraph.

The Holy Father, in his New Year message, has stressed that the blessed were the peacemakers.

“This year’s message reminds us that our commitment to pursue peace flows from the inner peace that we experience through our relationship with Christ and our belief in the life and dignity of every person,” he added.