The Catholic Church of Moldova is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its establishment. Thanks to John Paul II, it was founded on 28 October 1993, with the initial erection of the Apostolic Administration of Moldova, the subsequent nomination of a bishop, in the person of Msgr. Anton Cosa, in 2000, and the creation of the diocese of Chisinau (capital of Moldova) in 2002. The Republic of Moldova, situated at the heart of the former Soviet Union, has a population of 4,500,000 inhabitants, of whom 0.5% represented by Catholics. Ten parishes have been established in the country. They are served by 20 priests, both diocesan and religious. The territory is extremely poor: 25% of the population have emigrated in search of work, 50% don’t have the minimum necessary to support themselves. To celebrate the anniversary, Bishop Anton Cosa sent a message to the Pope, to “implore his apostolic blessing and to point out the fact that the 10th anniversary of the Moldovan Catholic community happily coincides with the 25th anniversary of your pontificate”.