Aizawl, Nov 9: Visiting Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to India Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio today before-noon held interaction with Mizoram Governor Lt.Gen (Rtd.) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhavan here. The Archbishop complimented Mizoram for its beautiful natural setting and for being one of the most peaceful places in the world. The Mizo people are privileged, he said.
Underlining the need to protect the world environment, the Archbishop said that the Vatican government is also most concerned for wildlife protection and in making clean environment. It supports and will continue to support the initiative in this regard, he said.
Pope Francis has also called on United States President Barak Obama in the same regard, he added.
Mizoram Governor Lt.Gen(Rtd.) Nirbhay Sharma conveyed the warm welcome extended to the Archbishop by the people of Mizoram who, he added, feels great to have his highness as their guest.
The Governor shared the Archbishop that among the top positions held by Mizoram, its being the most peaceful State is what others learn from it. This position is reached owing to the contribution of the NGOs, Churches and the Societies who collaborate with the government, the Governor said.
Telling that Mizoram has many a good youth who but needs to develop their skill development and learn different languages, especially Hindi, the Governor invited the Archibhop to help give advice to the Churches in the State to take steps concerning the livelihood of the youth.
Governor told the Archbishop that the strength of India lies in the peace and brotherhood among the people in spite of practising different religions.
The Governor called on the Archbishop to help maintain this peace in the future too.
Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio was accompanied by Most Reverend Stephen Rotluanga, Bishop of Aizawl and other Roman Catholic leaders, also in the day met with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and his wife Lal Riliani at the CM’s residential bungalow. The Archbishop was presented a gift by the Chief Minister.