Holy See–Malaysia relations

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

Holy See

Malaysia

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 appointed Bernard Giluk Dompok as first resident ambassador to the Holy See in 2016. [7]

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