Kupang (ANTARA) - Chief of the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Regional Police Inspector General Tahi Monang directly welcomed Ambassador of Vatican to Indonesia Piero Pioppo upon his arrival at El Tari Airport, Kupang, on Wednesday.

Monang explained that Ambassador Pioppo is visiting Kupang City to participate in the Kupang Archbishop title handover ceremony from Petrus Turang to Hironimus Pakaenoni scheduled for Thursday (May 9).

Apart from the NTT Police chief, Pioppo was also greeted by officials at the Religious Affairs Ministry and NTT Provincial Government. Leaders of local military camps were also present during the welcoming ceremony.

The inspector general remarked that the arrival of the Vatican ambassador constitutes a crucial moment for Catholics in NTT Province, especially those residing in its capital city of Kupang.

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Monang said he views the ambassador's visit as the Holy See's appreciation and support for the consecration of the Kupang Archbishop that has been a sacred and historic event for Catholics in the province.

He affirmed that personnel at the NTT Regional Police are all set to take the required security measures and provide full support for the smooth running of the consecration and ensure safety of all people attending the scheduled event.

"We are ready to provide security to escort the series of activities during the consecration of the Kupang Archbishop," he affirmed.

The police officer further stated that Ambassador Pioppo's visit to Kupang City is a historic moment that is expected to encourage all relevant stakeholders to work hand in hand with the objective of supporting all religious events taking place in the province.

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Translator: Kornelis K, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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