Above, Monsignor Visvaldas Kulbokas of Lithuania. (link)
Kulbokas is, since June 15, the new papal nuncio to Ukraine, a key country for all of Europe. He will be consecrated an archbishop on Saturday, August 14, in Lithuania. The episcopal consecration will be in the main Cathedral of Sts Stanislav and Vladislav in Vilnius.
The Vatican’s Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, will travel to Vilnius to perform the episcopal consecration.
Kulbokas speaks fluent English and Russian, and was the interpreter between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when the two met for the first time on February 12, 2016, in Havana, Cuba.
As nuncio in Ukraine, Kulbokas will be serving in a key post in the diplomacy of the Vatican
Letter #84, 2021, Thursday, August 12: Monsignor Visvaldas Kulbokas to be consecrated an archbishop by Cardinal Pietro Parolin
The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will be in Lithuania tomorrow, August 13, on an official visit. The cardinal will meet with Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda, the President of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), Viktorija Čmilyte-Nielsen, the Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, and Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabriel Landsbergis.
Cardinal Parolin will also visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius.
The last visit of the Vatican High Representative to Lithuania was in 2016 .
In addition to these high-level state visits, the Pope’s Secretary of State is also going to Lithuania to celebrate the Mass of episcopal ordination for Msgr. Visvaldas Kulbokas, recently appointed the new papal nuncio to Ukraine.
The ceremony at the Stanislav and Vladislav Archcathedral in Vilnius will take place on Saturday, August 14.
Mons. Kulbokas, appointed nuncio on June 15, will become archbishop of the titular see of Martana.
Mons. Kulbokas was born in 1974 and has been a priest since 1998.
He entered the seminary of Telšiai in 1992. He graduated in ecclesiastical law from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and then earned his doctorate in theology.
He then attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and in 2004 entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See.
Archbishop Kulbokas has already served in the nunciatures in Lebanon, in the Netherlands, in the Russian Federation, in the section for relations with states of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and in the nunciature in Kenya.
The new archbishop speaks Lithuanian, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and French.
We wish him well in his new and very important post as the nuncio of the Holy see in Ukraine.—RM