JAM | Jun 30, 2023

Governor-General recognises new Vatican ambassador

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Most Rev Santiago De Wit Guzman, Ambassador-designate of The Apostolic Nunciature, holding a chat with Jamaica’s Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen. The Apostolic Nunciature is tantamount to the local embassy of the Vatican in any country. (Photo: Contributed)

Jamaica has recognised Vatican Ambassador Reverend Santiago De Wit Guzman, having received his letters of credence by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen,

De Wit Guzman is also Titular Archbishop of Gabala, and ambassador-designate of the Apostolic Nunciature, which is a top-level diplomatic mission of the Vatican, equivalent to an embassy.

The Nunciature protects the affairs of the Roman Catholic Church, not just Vatican City, and also liases between the Holy See and the Roman Catholic Church in that country.

Jamaica has maintained cordial relations with the Vatican, which is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

Jamaica established of diplomatic relations with the Vatican in 1979. For many decades, the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica has been actively involved in providing education, healthcare, and social welfare services to the poor and vulnerable members of society.

Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen receiving Letters of Credence from Most Rev Santiago De Wit Guzman, Ambassador-designate of The Apostolic Nunciature. (Photo: Contributed)

Organisations such as the Missionaries of the Poor and the Stella Maris Foundation have been instrumental in making a visible impact.

His Holiness Pope John Paul II’s official visit to Jamaica in August 1993 exemplifies the longstanding connection between Jamaica and the Roman Catholic Church.


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