The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Msgr. George Panamthundil, nunciature counsellor, as apostolic nuncio in Kazakhstan, at the same time elevating him to the titular see of Floriana, with the dignity of archbishop.
Msgr. George Panamthundil was born in Trivandrum City, India, on 20 May 1972. He was ordained a priest on 18 February 1998, and incardinated in the archdiocese of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars.
He graduated in oriental canon law.
He entered the Holy See Diplomatic Service on 1 July 2005, and has served in the apostolic nunciatures in Costa Rica, Guinea, Iraq, Austria, Israel and in the apostolic delegation in Jerusalem and Palestine, in the Pontifical Representation in Cyprus.
He knows French, English, Italian, Spanish and German.
The Archbishop of Cyprus for the Maronites, Msgr. Selim Sfeir, and the Maronite priests and community in Cyprus express their congratulations to Msgr. George Panamthundil for this appointment, and wish him a successful mission.
They express as well their heartfelt gratitude for the invaluable collaboration shared with him during his presence in Cyprus, and his exceptional assistance and support.