Apostolic Nuncio from the Vatican, Bishop Paolo Rocco Gualtieri, visits our sister Diocese of Sicuani

SICUANI, PERU –  Apostolic Nuncio to Peru, Bishop Paoli Rocco Gualtieri, had a whirlwind visit to the Diocese of Sicuani on April 17th to the 20th.

He began his time in the diocese by visiting with Trinitarian Contemplative Sisters from Guatemala who have been Tinta in the diocese for four years and then celebrating Mass in Combapata. Here he  also crowned the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary in the church. The next day he visited parishes in Pitumarca and Checacupe. He then met with the Social Service Coordinators of the charitable works of the diocese for a report of their ministries.

The Nuncio met with all the priests, Sisters and seminarians where he delivered a talk on the vision of Pope Francis for the world-wide church. He also celebrated Mass with all of them

The following day began with a procession through the streets of the city led by the Nuncio and Bishop Pedro Bustamante Lopez of Sicuani, the priests, Sisters and seminarians  followed by about 200 parishioners, many dressed in native costumes. After circling the Plaza, the procession entered the cathedral for the ordination of two Deacons, Christian Burgos and Christian Vilanueva . Included in the ceremony, however, was a presentation to the Nuncio by the mayor of the key to the city.

A very, very popular pilgrimage in the diocese is to a shrine known as Señor de Quyllur Rit`i. An image, from the site high in the mountains outside Cusco was brought to the sanctuary of the Cathedral for the occasion. A group of devotees known as Pabluchos entered the cathedral at one point to present the Nuncio with a gift and then they danced to their drummers beat before him. Various members of groups from villages of the Quechua Naciòn Canchis (Sicuani`s province), also participated in the dance.

After the Mass the bishops, priests, religious, family and friends of the ordained were invited to the grounds of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel school for a dinner. Groups of native dancers from each of the four pastoral zones of the diocese entertained the guests.

The Quechua culture and language were woven throughout the Nuncio`s visit to help him get a sense of the region and the people served by the church who live scattered across the Andes mountains.

To see more about our mission work in our sister Diocese of Sicuani, click here.


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