Dompok joins Malaysian clergy, religious in Vatican event

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s envoy to the Vatican, Bernard Dompok, joined a group of clergy and religious from Malaysia and Singapore at a gathering in the Holy City recently.

Barely two weeks after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis, Dompok was a surprise guest to the event held at the Convitto International priests’ house, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu wrote in its website.

More than 20 people, including priests from various religious orders, nuns, seminarians as well as the laity, came together for the Malaysia and Singapore Students Gathering, which is held a couple of times a year.

According to the website, this gathering was an occasion for the students to share some light moments together, as the date of their final examination approaches prior to the end of the final semester. Some Indonesian priests were also present.

“It was also an occasion to say ‘farewell’, and to wish the few final year students well, before their final examination, as well as for the defense of their licentiate thesis before they go home to Malaysia/Singapore,” the report said.

Also present to taste the various Malaysian delicacies in the potluck lunch event were Dompok’s wife, Diana, and his secretary, Clara.

Dompok is currently in the process of setting up the Malaysian embassy office in the vicinity of the Vatican.

He is the first Malaysian resident ambassador to the Vatican and the 83rd resident ambassador accredited to the seat of the Catholic Church.

Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Vatican was formally established on July 27, 2011 with Malaysia becoming the 179th country to establish diplomatic relations with the City State.

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