H.E. Bishop Aldo Berardi, O.SS.T. ordained and installed on March 18, 2023

Live-streaming of the 3-day events on the Vicariate website www.avona.org

H.E. Bishop Aldo Berardi, O.SS.T.


Prayer Vigil for the Bishop-Elect
Friday, 17th March from 6.00 to 7.00 PM (Bahrain local time)
Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral, Awali

Solemn Mass, Episcopal Ordination and Installation
Saturday, 18th March at 10.00 AM (Bahrain local time)
Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral, Awali

Mass of Thanksgiving
Sunday, 19th March at 5.30 PM (Bahrain local time)
Sacred Heart Church, Manama

The Episcopal Ordination and installation of Msgr. Aldo Berardi O. SS. T. as the Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia took place today, 18th March 2023. The Holy Mass of the ordination ceremony was celebrated at 10.00 am at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, Awali, Bahrain.

His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J. (Prefect of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue of the Holy See) was the principal consecrator. His Grace Archbishop Eugene Martin Nugent (Apostolic Nuncio to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar) and and His Excellency Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap. (Apostolic Vicar Emeritus and the present Apostolic Administrator) were co-consecrators at the ceremony.

The other bishops who participated in the liturgy included Bishop Paolo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, Bishop Claudio Lurati,, Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria in Egypt, Bishop Jean-Pierre Vuillemin Auxiliary Bishop of Metz and Bishop Joseph Naffah, Patriarchal Visitator of Maronites in the Arabian Gulf.

Besides the Cardinal and the six Bishops, 80 priests, several religious sisters and around 2,500 faithful were present for the celebration. Among the priests and sisters, were several members of the Trinitarian Order to which Bishop Aldo belongs.

The announcement of the appointment of Msgr. Berardi was made by His Holiness Pope Francis on 28th January 2023 in Rome. Msgr. Aldo succeeds the late Bishop Camillo Ballin M.C.C.J, who passed away on 12th April 2020.

In his speech, Bishop Berardi made a special note of thanks to Bishop Paul Hinder who served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Northern Vicariate till the present.

Mass booklets were printed for the event to enable the faithful to follow the celebration

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