A Goan member of a Catholic religious congregation, Sr. Lucy Britto, the first Goan Nun to work in the renowned Secretariat of the Holy See, returned to India this week after serving in the Archives Department of the Secretariat of State, Vatican City (Holy See), for around 15 years. She is the first Indian nun to have the opportunity of serving the Vatican department and for such a long tenure as well.

The Secretariat of State, of the smallest country of the world, is the central papal governing bureaucracy and caters to the diplomatic and political functions of the Holy See and with the day-to-day correspondence of the Pope. The Pope, who resides at Vatican, is accepted as the spiritual head of the Catholic Church, which has more than a billion adherents and the highest number of followers from among all religions across the globe.

The septuagenarian nun (Lucy) was born on 6th July 1947 and is a member of the religious congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa (SCCG), also known as the ‘Sisters of Maria Bambina’, Earlier this month, she addressed a Konkani-speaking gathering of laity, sisters, brothers, and priests, at the Casa Geral da Companhia de Jesus (the Generalate of the ‘Society of Jesus’ or the ‘Jesuits’) at Rome, Italy. She expressed her gratitude to those gathered and gave a token of remembrance and an assurance of her prayers.


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