Astana, Kazakhstan, Mar 19, 2019 / 09:55 am
The bishops' conference of Kazakhstan issued a statement of support Tuesday for Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, apostolic nuncio to that country, who has recently been accused of financial and personal misconduct during his time of service as the Vatican's chief diplomat at the United Nations.
"Archbishop Chullikatt has been working very earnestly for the good of the people and the Church in Kazakhstan," the conference said in a communique issued March 19.
"Immediately after his arrival, with zeal and joy he started visiting all the parishes of Kazakhstan. He has been working very hard for the good of all of us here and we are particularly grateful for all the assistance he gives to the Bishops' Conference. Besides, he is involved in good projects at various levels (educational, social, charitable etc.) for the people of Kazakhstan."
"For us, Archbishop Chullikatt is the kind of Nuncio, we Bishops in Kazakhstan would like to have with us at least for a few more years," the statement continued.