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  • 1 July 2016

    “By decorating the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, we express our thanks for His Excellency’s great commitment to the service for the development of the Holy See’s relations with Poland and for the Church,” said Minister Witold Waszczykowski during the ceremony of awarding the Bene Merito distinction to the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, Archbishop Celestino Migliore.

    “This is a bitter sweet event. Sweet, because we have hosted the Archbishop for 6 years in Poland. It has been a good time for Vatican-Polish relations and for the promotion of Poland in the world. Over the last months, the Archbishop had the opportunity to prepare a very important event – Pope Francis’s visit to Poland, during which the pope will meet with thousands of young people from all over the world,” stressed the chief of Polish diplomacy. “I have said that this is a bitter-sweet event. Bitter, because the Archbishop is leaving Poland. He is going to another country, where he will serve the Vatican diplomacy, but he will also serve the entire world in a very important country which is Russia. We hope that after years spent in Poland, the Archbishop will remain Polish ambassador, that in his new post he will recall Polish interests, history, culture, and problems. Especially in Russia, with which we have so many pending issues,” added Minister Waszczykowski while decorating the archbishop with the Bene Merito distinction. The foreign minister said that during Archbishop Migliore’s mission, Polish-Vatican relations have become stronger and more intense, both in bilateral and multilateral context.



    “This distinction does not prove my merits, but the good relations between Poland and the Holy See. Minister Waszczykowski’s recent visit to the Vatican helped us strengthen the already very good relations between Poland and the Holy See. In a month I’m leaving Poland, I'm going on a new mission, during which I will not only remember about Poland, but I will also bear witness of the generosity and good will of the Polish people, I will promote peaceful relations (of Russia) with neighbouring countries. I would like to thank you, Minister Waszczykowski, with these typical Polish wishes: God bless you,” said Archbishop Celestino Migliore during the ceremony.


    Archbishop Migliore served as the Holy See’s Nuncio to Poland in 2010-2016. He came to our country for the first time in 1989 as secretary to contribute to a new diplomatic post. His first stay in Poland ended in 1992. He gained extensive experience in bilateral diplomacy, working in nunciatures in Angola and Egypt and twice in Poland, and in politics, as a permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, among others.


    The honorary “Bene Merito” distinction, established in 2009, is awarded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in recognition of the service for strengthening the position of Poland on the international arena.


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