Bishop Borgia, who speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French, was appointed as the 12th Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast in October 2019.
After learning of his transfer to Lebanon, the Catholic Bishops of Ivory Coast expressed their appreciation to Bishop Borgia for his “loyal services” to the Church in the West African country.
“The people and the faithful of Côte d’Ivoire salute the loyal services of Bishop Borgia and wish him good luck in his mission in the land of the cedars,” the members of the Episcopal Conference of Côte d’Ivoire (CECCI) say in a press release. published on September 24.
During his nearly three years of diplomatic service in Côte d’Ivoire, Bishop Borgia collaborated with CECCI members to address issues of national interest, offering his advice.
In January 2020, Bishop Borgia guest The Catholic bishops of Côte d’Ivoire to unite and refuse “any personal involvement in political disputes to the detriment of the common good”.
“It is important that you maintain constructive relations with the authorities of your country as well as with the different components of society,” Bishop Borgia declared during the opening of their 114th CECCI Plenary Assembly in the Diocese of Korhogo in Ivory Coast.
In September 2020, Bishop Borgia rented the excellent relations between Côte d’Ivoire and the Holy See.
He said, “Since 1970, significant diplomatic activity has been carried out, with the signing of conventions aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation, in mutual respect and for the benefit of the Catholic Church and all the Ivorian people.”
He described President Ouattara’s official visit to Pope Benedict XVI in November 2012 “as a concretization of the existing bilateral relations between the two states”.
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