Our Lady of Divine Providence Chapel, Kabul

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Our Lady of Divine Providence Chapel
DenominationRoman Catholic Church

The Our Lady of Divine Providence Chapel[1][2] or Chapel of the Italian Embassy in Kabul,[3] was a religious building that was affiliated with the Catholic Church and is located in Street Great Massoud, in the city of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan.

The chapel followed the Latin rite and depended on the Mission sui juris in Afghanistan (Missio sui iuris Afghanistaniensis) that was created by Pope John Paul II in 2002. The chapel was authorized in 1933[4] and had survived wars, upheavals and the time of the first Taliban government thanks to the protection provided by the Italian Embassy.[5] The parish was abandoned following the 2021 Taliban offensive.[6]

It was under the pastoral responsibility of Italian priest Father Giuseppe Moretti from 2003 to 2014,[7] and Father Giovanni Scalese from 2014 to 2021.[8] The current building has its origins in 1921 when Italy and Afghanistan established diplomatic relations. It was completed in 1960. Most Christian symbols were limited, with just a small cross having been allowed at the entrance.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chapel in Kabul Afghanistan
  2. ^ Stancati, Margherita (2013-03-18). "Afghan Church Endures Amid War and Strife". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  3. ^ "Pastor in KABUL". archivio.traces-cl.com. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  4. ^ Clammer, Paul (2007-01-01). Afghanistan. Ediz. Inglese. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781740596428.
  5. ^ Clammer, Paul (2007-01-01). Afghanistan. Lonely Planet.
  6. ^ "Italian priest recounts harrowing escape from Kabul". catholicnews.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2021. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  7. ^ AsiaNews.it. "Fr. Moretti: Women will push for 'resurrection' after US leave Afghanistan". www.asianews.it. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  8. ^ TheCatholicTelegraph.com. "The Leader of Afghanistan's Catholic Community Longs to Return to the Country". www.thecatholictelegraph.com. Retrieved 2022-01-23.