Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr. Bernardito Cleopas Auza decorated with National Order of Honor and Merit

It has been a good year for the Catholic Church in Haiti. The 25th of August saw the Representative of the Holy See in Haiti receive from the Haitian President the decoration of the National Order of Honor and Merit at Grade of Grand Cross Silver Plate. The bestowment took place at the National Palace and was witnessed by the First Lady, Sophia Martelly, President of the Court of Cassation, Arnel Alexis Joseph, President of the Chamber of Deputies, Stevenson Jacques Thimolean, His Eminence Cardinal Chilby Langlois and other prominent members of the Haitian Catholic clergy and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps.


Accepting the award from President Martelly was Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr. Bernardito Cleopas Auza who, at 55, is the 18th Haitian Nuncio following his appointment in 2008 as the successor to Mgr. Mario Giordana. His tribute comes at the end of his 6 year tenure, and President Martelly highlighted Mgr. Auza's year of diplomatic service. Mgr. Auza spoke himself on his time in Haiti, which he has grown to love. He reminisced about the 2010 earthquake, and spoke about the resilience and courage of the people of Haiti.

Haiti and the Vatican, in March of 1862, formed the diplomatic ties that exist today. Many years following, the first Haitian Nunciature was established and Mgr. George Joseph Cuarana was appointed. Before departing, Mgr. Auza confirmed that the infrastructure changes to be undertaken on the Catholic Church would be completed within the next six months.

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