In a significant development, the Holy Father Pope Francis has designated Monsignor Javier Domingo Fernández González, at present serving the Apostolic Nunciature in Nigeria, as the First Counsellor to the Apostolic Nunciature in India.
Incidentally, the Holy Father has also approved the appointment of Monsignor Tuomo T. Vimpari as First Counsellor to the Apostolic Nunciature in Nigeria.
This communication was received by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) from the Apostolic Nunciature in India today.
According to a Press Release, after mid-February, Msgr. Vimpari will leave his position, which he held for three years in Delhi, to reach his new mission, and in the first week of March, Msgr. Javier Domingo Fernández González will join this office.
“We congratulate Msgr. Tuomo T. Vimpari on his new appointment, and while wishing him all God’s blessings in his new post, we wish to place on record our gratitude to him for all his services to the Catholic Hierarchy and to the Catholic Church in India. May the Good Lord accompany him on his journey onwards,” Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, Secretary General, CBCI said in the release.
“We welcome Msgr. Monsignor Javier Domingo Fernández González to India and look forward to working with him. May his Mission in India be filled with God’s Grace,” Bishop Theodore added.