This evening we bade farewell to an eminent member of our community, the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli. His Excellency had lived in our community for almost 3 years before moving to the permanent Nunciature at Catholic Centre. His Excellency is a familiar face to us, regularly presiding at Holy Mass here. His presence reminded us of our closeness with Pope Francis. At all Masses this weekend, we pray for His Excellency as he takes up his new posting.
Lord, we pray for the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who will be taking up new appointments as Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine and Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus. Lord, may You continue to watch over him and lead him with Your Holy Spirit and grant him wisdom, knowledge and understanding so that Your will may be done as he undertakes his new appointments, and may You protect him and grant him peace, joy and Your love always. Amen