Radio Veritas Asia Broadcaster Becomes Archbishop

LAHORE, Pakistan, SEPT. 13, 2001 ( A former broadcaster for the Urdu Program of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) has been ordained archbishop.

Archbishop Lawrence J. Saldanha, the new ordinary of Lahore, was director of the National Catholic Office of Social Communications for Pakistan when he started a regular Urdu-language radio program via RVA on Aug. 14, 1987. The programs have been aired twice daily.

The programs are transmitted from the RVA studios in Quezon City, Philippines.

Archbishop-elect Saldanha visited his former working place on Aug. 13 to mark the 14th anniversary of the program and to open the 15th year of operations with RVA.

Radio Veritas Asia is the only continental Catholic shortwave radio station operating in the world with programs in 17 languages.