Mangaluru, September 1, 2017: He is an intellectual of promise and deeply spiritual. A Diocesan priest of Mangalore Diocese, Rev Fr. Peter Paul Saldanha was ordained at Bejai Church by the then Bishop Rt.Rev. Basil D’Souza, on May 6, 1991. He earned the first rank in the Bachelor of Theology degree and briefly served as an Assistant Parish Priest at Moodubelle parish (now Udupi diocese) and in Milagres Parish, Mangalore.
He later went to Rome and earned a Licentiate and Doctorate in Biblical Revelation in 2001 and 2005 respecti-vely from Pontifical Urban University, (Pontificia Universita Urbaniana), where he has been on the faculty for a long while now. Rev Fr. Peter Paul Saldanha has been a self effacing priest of Mangalore, held in high esteem and awe among scholars and his students in Rome and many at home.
Approachable, jovial with humor to rule and unassuming, down to earth, his special quality is being a good listener ready to hear anyone with a need.
A book he has authored has made waves in many a circle. Titled "The Church: Mystery of Love and Communion", the subject reveals the depth and commitment he has for the church and people. Perhaps, it is with some good reason that many people on his home turf of Mangaluru are looking forward to see him work closer to home.