High Commissioner to India Reuben Gauci visits Maltese Missionaries in Jharkhand for Christmas

High Commissioner to India Reuben Gauci visits Maltese Missionaries in Jharkhand for Christmas

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Dec 29, 2022
 
In the period 24 to 27 December 2022, a delegation from the High Commission of Malta to India in New Delhi, lead by the High Commissioner of Malta to India, H E. Reuben Gauci, which delegation included the High Commissioner’s spouse Dr Olga V Gauci, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Ivan Vassallo and other members of the current staff of the High Commission of Malta in India, visited Kolkata in West Bengal and Dumka in Jharkhand. 

During this visit, the delegation heard Christmas Eve Mass Mother Teresa Church in Kolkata.

On Christmas Day the High Commissioner and his delegation travelled to Dumka, Jharkhand to visit Maltese Missionaries in the city who have worked in charity in this State for decades. The Maltese Missionaries in Dumka, Jharkhand are: Fr Paul Aquilina SJ who has been serving in India since 1954, Fr Joseph Gauci Sacco SJ who has been serving in India since 1957, Sr Emanuel Borg ( Taż-Żundajru ) who has been serving in India since 1966 and Ms Marcette Buttigieg  who has been serving in India since 1979.

On 26 December 2022, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, Hon Dr Ian Borg interacted online with the Maltese Missionaries and commended their long and selfless service towards humanity.

During the visit the High Commissioner and his delegation visited the Santali and Paharia Missions in the State of Jharkhand. The High Commission wishes to thank the Honorary Consul of Malta in Kolkata, Mr Ashok Kumar Jhunjhunwala for his assistance and support.
 
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