Thursday, October 23, 2008

Apostolic Nuncio Osvaldo Padilla Visits Gwangju

(Finally a new entry after more than a month of blogging hiatus).

Apostolic Nuncio Osvaldo Padilla visited Gwangju last 19 October 2008. I was so glad to have a chance to meet him face to face when told that he will visit the May 18 National Cemetery. Chris my colleague at The May 18 Memorial Foundation assisted in providing a tour at the cemetery. He was with the Archbishop and Monsignor of Gwangju during the tour. He was also brought to the May 18 National Cemetery Museu. He was impressed with what the Korean government had done to memorialize the heroes of May 18 and told Chris to keep remembering their noble deeds for democracy.

Then in the afternoon, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla co-celebrated the mass with Gwangju's Archbishop, Monsignor and several priests in Wolgokdong Church. He was also given a preview of the services and programs that the Catholic Church is providing the Filipino community (both migrant workers and the family of Filipinas married to Korean) in Gwangju.

The archbishop in his sermon thanked the Catholic Church, its priests, nuns, and volunteers - that God's hand is working in their hands in providing assistance to the migrant community. He also likened the fate of migrants to that of Joseph and Mary who were banished from their native land.

Offertory performance by Filipino Migrant Workers and Filipinas married to Korean

Sisters from Daughters of Charity in Gwangju (two of the sisters are Filipina)

Related read:

Archbishop Padilla appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Mongolia
by Leslie Ann G. Aquino

The first Filipino to be named nuncio by then Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, has been named the new Apostolic Nuncio to Mongolia.

Padilla, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI last April 26, succeeded Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, who last January was named nuncio to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway.

Last April 12, the Pontiff also appointed Padilla as the new nuncio of Korea.

Before his appointment to Korea and Mongolia, Padilla served as nuncio to Costa Rica from 2003 to 2008.

Pope John Paul II first appointed him nuncio to Panama in 1990. He later served as nuncio to Sri Lanka and Nigeria.

The 65-year-old Padilla also served as secretary and counselor at the nunciatures in France, Haiti, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.

Born on Aug. 5, 1942 in Cebu, Padilla was ordained priest in 1966 in his Cebu archdiocese.

He is the elder brother of the third Filipino bishop to be appointed nuncio, Archbishop Francisco Padilla, who was appointed papal nuncio to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in 2006.

The second Filipino nuncio is Archbishop Adolfo Yllana from Naga City, currently the apostolic nuncio to Pakistan.



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