Mongolia Gets New Papal Nuncio

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 17, 2004 ( John Paul II named Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig as apostolic nuncio in Mongolia. The archbishop is also nuncio in Korea.

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Formed 11 years ago, the young Catholic community of Mongolia grew by a third last Easter when more than 100 catechumens were baptized. The community has two parishes and a cathedral.

Although Mongolia’s first evangelization dates back to the seventh century, the Church was really established after the fall of the atheistic Communist regime. The overwhelming majority of Mongolia’s 2.7 million inhabitants are Buddhist. About 4% are Muslim.

Mongolia and the Holy See established diplomatic relations in 1997.

Archbishop Tscherrig, 57, has been apostolic nuncio in several Caribbean countries. He was named nuncio in Korea on May 22.

He is replacing Archbishop Giovanni Battista Morandini, who was named apostolic nuncio in Syria last March.

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