Holy See–Malaysia relations

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Holy See–Malaysia relations
Map indicating locations of Holy See and Malaysia

Holy See


Holy See–Malaysia relations are foreign relations between the Holy See and Malaysia.

In 2002 Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visited the Vatican to meet Pope John Paul II.[1] During the second visit of a Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak and Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, an agreement to establish diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Malaysia was finalised.[2][3][4] Malaysia became the 179th state to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

The Holy See previously had an apostolic delegation, based in Bangkok, for the country. Pending the appointment of the first Nuncio to Malaysia, the papal representative in Bangkok continued to act as Apostolic Delegate for Malaysia, accredited to the Catholic Church in the country but not to the Government.[5] In January 2013, American archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino was appointed as the first nuncio to Malaysia.[6]

Malaysia is represented to the Holy See by a non-residential ambassador, who resides in Bern (Switzerland).[7]

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  1. ^ "Mahathir to visit Vatican for meeting with pope". Kyodo News. 24 May 2002. 
  2. ^ "Comunicato della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede: Udienza al Primo Ministro della Malaysia". Holy See Press Office. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Selva, T. "Najib: Malaysia to establish diplomatic ties with The Vatican" The Star 18 July 2011, Retrieved 19 July 2011
  4. ^ "Malaysia establishes diplomatic ties with Vatican" BBC News 18 July 2011, Retrieved 24 July 2011
  5. ^ Papal delegate positive on Vatican relations, 1 November 2011
  6. ^ Pope appoints Birmingham native Archbishop Joseph Marino to Malaysia
  7. ^ "Liste du Corps Diplomatique près Le Saint-Siège" (PDF) (in French). Holy See. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 

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