Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا abouna.org
Pope Francis has named Monsignor Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis, titular archbishop of Roselle, as apostolic nuncio to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Archbishop El-Kassis will be the first nuncio to reside in the nunciature in Abu Dhabi.
Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra opened the offices of the nunciature in Abu Dhabi on behalf of the Holy See on February 4, 2022. El-Kassis is expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi soon after serving as nuncio to Pakistan since November 2019.
Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis (born 24 August 1968 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese Catholic bishop, diplomat, and Maronite archbishop. He currently serves as the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Arab Emirates.
El-Kassis graduated utroque iure, doctorate in both civil law and church law. He received the sacrament of Holy Orders on 21 May 1994. He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 19 June 2000, and has served in the Apostolic Nunciatures in Indonesia, the Sudan and Turkey. From 2007 until 2018, he served at the Foreign Relations office of the Secretariat of State in the Holy See.
He is fluent in Lebanese, Arabic, French, Italian, English, Indonesian, Spanish, and German.
On 24 November 2018 Pope Francis appointed him as Titular Archbishop of Rusellae and named him Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan. He received his episcopal consecration in St. Peter Basilica on 19 January 2019 from Cardinal Pietro Parolin as Principal Consecrator, who was accompanied by Cardinal Dominique Mamberti and Archbishop Paul Youssef Matar.
On 3 January 2023, Pope Francis appointed him as the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Arab Emirates. He is to be the first nuncio who will be a resident in the nunciature in Abu Dhabi which was opened in February 2022.