Visit of Pope John Paul II, 1986

Pope John Paul arrived in New Delhi, India, Feb 1, 1986 for a 10-days, 14-city visit. "My purpose in coming to India has both religious and human dimension. I come to pay a pastoral visit to the Catholics of India and I come in friendship with a deep desire to pay honour to all your people and to your different cultures' the Pope said. To some 20,000 Catholics, at his first Mass in India, Feb 1 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, the Pope said he expected them to bear witness to their beliefs and to "bring the good news of salvation to all people in a way they can understand." From Delhi the Pope continued his visit to the rest of India covering 20,000 km in nine days and visiting 13 cities. 

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Former Nuncios

The history of the Catholic Church in India is very extensive. It traces its origin in the preaching of the Apostle St. Thomas, who, according to tradition, came to India in 52 A.D.
In the 9th century the patriarch of the Nestorians in Persia sent bishops toIndia. There is a record of an Indian bishop visiting Rome in the early part of the 12thcentury.

The Nunciature Chapel

The new beautiful mosaic polyptych which adorns the presbytery of the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature in Delhi is authored by the Keralite artist and CMI priest Fr. Joy Elamkunnapuzha, assisted by his school of ‘disciples’. It is constituted of five different scenes, all focused and oriented towards the central crucified Christ, a precious bronze sculpture made by the illustrious Italian artist Romano Lucacchini (1938-2006).