Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pope Names New Vatican Ambassador to U.S.; Abp. Carlo Vigano Has 40 Yrs. of Diplomatic Exp.

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday (October 19, 2011) named Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano his new ambassador to the United States, according to the National Catholic Register website.

A veteran Holy See diplomat with almost four decades of experience, he succeeds Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died last July after a short illness.

Archbishop Vigano, 70, has a doctorate in canon law and civil law.

He will be responsible not only for diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the U.S., but also -- like every other Vatican ambassador -- for advising the Holy See on suitable candidates to be appointed bishops.

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