Newly appointed Nuncio to visit Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle during Holy Week

A message from Diocesan Administrator, Fr Greg Barker, regarding this week’s visit by the Nuncio to Australia

We are now in the midst of Holy Week, a very special time in our Church’s Liturgical calendar, where we celebrate the events leading up to Jesus’ death by crucifixion and His resurrection.

Our Diocese is very fortunate to have the newly appointed Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo, presiding the Sacred Triduum at Sacred Heart Cathedral. In his role as Nuncio, Archbishop Balvo is the Pope’s Ambassador to Australia, and this will be one of his first engagements since arriving in the country last month.

In another significant milestone, it will also be the first time that a Nuncio has presided at the Triduum in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. I thank Fr Andrew Doohan, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral for welcoming Archbishop Charles Balvo to our Cathedral.

Ahead of his visit I wanted to share a recently published article, prepared by the Australia Catholic Bishop’s Conference, with you. The article highlights Archbishop Balvo’s diverse experience, the roles of a Nuncio, his previous connections to Australia, what he is expecting to find here and how he plans to come to know the People of God.

To read the ACBC article, please follow the link below:

A “highlights” video introducing Archbishop Balvo has also been prepared and can be viewed via the link below:




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