Apostolic Nuncio visits Noro
APOSTOLIC NUNCIO to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Archbishop Mathew Kurien Vayalunkal presented his credentials to the Governor General on Thursday Feb 9, in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
He was accompanied by Archbishop Chris Cardone OP, Archbishop of Honiara.
The Nuncio then visited the three dioceses and spent time in each of them.
While in the Diocese of Gizo he visited the Parish of St. Eusebius, Noro.
The priests and parish pastoral council prepared well for the visit of the Apostolic Nuncio on Saturday February 11.
He was accompanied by Fr Angelo Fazzini sdb, Fr Jacob Qutobatu, Episcopal Vicar General; Fr Stephen Te’, Parish priest of St Peter the Apostle parish and volunteer Ms Paola.
In true Kiribati style he was honoured with floral wreaths, speeches, dances and gifts at the ‘Maneaba’ in Canaan. This was his first stop.
The people have been resettled by the British from the Gilbert islands several decades ago.
After a prayer in the chapel and spending time capturing the beauty of the ocean, the Nuncio and those accompanying him went to Noro where he was welcomed by Mr Augustine, PPC chairman amidst the cries of warriors and the beat of an energetic dance.
The Eucharistic celebrated on this World Day of the Sick, 25th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes was coordinated by Bro Dominic.
It included a Bible Dance, hymns in different languages (Kiribati, Are Are, pidgin, Choiseul and Shortlands), the Gospel read by Fr Mathias Sdc.
In his homily, the Nuncio stressed a filial devotion to Our Blessed Mary.
The parish has 234 families on its six islands with a total population of 1326 persons.
Fr Chris Cardone OP (now an Archbishop) was parish priest at Noro in the late 90s.
The Nuncio then blessed the statue of St Luigi Guanella, placed in the recently completed grotto.
He prayed for the bishop and imparted his blessings on all gathered.
The parish is presently run by the Guanellian fathers who belong to the order of the Servants of Charity (SdC) founded by St Luigi Guanella.
They accepted the invitation of Bishop Luciano Capelli, Bishop of Gizo and took up the parish in June 2016.
By Fr S Tony