Apostolic nuncio Spiteri bids farewell
Archbishop Spiteri had been very much active with pastoral visits to all the dioceses in Sri Lanka since his arrival in 2009.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka held on Monday a Thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration at the All Saints' Church in Borella to honour the Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka, Archbishop Joseph Spiteri.
Archbishop Spiteri would now serve as the Apostolic Nuncio in the Republic of Ivory Cost in West Africa.
He had been very much active with pastoral visits to all the dioceses in Sri Lanka since his arrival in 2009. With his pleasant personality and very friendly pastoral approach, he has been appreciated by the Bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, the President of the Bishops' Conference, and other Bishops gathered at the Archbishop's House to felicitate the Nuncio. Cardinal Ranjith thanked Archbishop Spiteri for his very valuable services in Sri Lanka and his contributions to the growth of the Church in Sri Lanka.
The Nuncio thanked all the Bishops and the Church in Sri Lanka for their cooperation in his apostolic mission in Sri Lanka. He expressed his appreciation for the pastoral activities in all the dioceses and the contribution of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka for the development and progress of the country in many ways.
Archbishop Spiteri was born in Malta on May 20, 1959. He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1984. With a Doctorate Degree in Canon Law, he joined the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1988. Thereafter, He has served in the Apostolic Nunciatures of Panama, Iraq, Mexico, Portugal, Greece and Venezuela and at the Office of the Secretariat of State Section for Relations with the States.
While serving in the Office of the Secretariat of State in the in Vatican, Pope Benedixt XVI appointed him as the Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka on February 21, 2009. He was ordained an Archbishop on May 24, 2009 at St. John's Co-Cathedral at Valetta in Malta. He arrived in Sri Lanka in June 2009.
Source: Archdiocese of Colombo website