The Vatican’s Embassy in Kuwait will not move to another city, Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Dominique Mamberti stressed on Monday.
Archbishop Mamberti was keen on dispelling any confusion in this regard
during a luncheon set up by the Vatican Ambassadors, which took place in
Rome, Kuwait’s non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican, based
in Switzerland, Dr Suhail Shuhaiber told KUNA.
“The Holy See had no intentions in moving its representation from
Kuwait, which was the first Gulf country to establish diplomatic ties
with the Vatican, given the historic relations that unite us together
that we have been cherishing for over 41 years,” Archbishop Mamberti was
quoted as saying.
Shuhaiber said that the Archbishop considered the rumor saying that the
Vatican was to move its representation from Kuwait was due a
misinterpretation of what was announced by Bishop Camillo Ballin when
his responsibility was then limited to the Catholic Church in Kuwait.
Bishop Ballin said then that he also became responsible for the Catholic
parish’s religious affairs in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia in addition
to Kuwait, and that the Vatican representation will widen its scope by
having another location in Bahrain along with its existing Embassy in
In this regard, Shuhaiber added that Archbishop Mamberti stressed that
Archbishop Peter Rajic is the Apostolic Nuncio in Kuwait, and not
Archbishop Ballin, and that is what the Acting Vatican Minister to
Kuwait rushed to explain in August for the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry
officials who have confirmed their full understanding of the
circumstances surrounding the subject.