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Late apostolic nuncio to US was slated for 'important' curial appointment

August 03, 2011

A leading official of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has revealed Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the late apostolic nuncio to the United States, was slated to be named to "an important position in the Roman Curia."

Speaking at the conclusion of the prelate’s funeral Mass, Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, whom Pope Benedict appointed sostituto (deputy secretary of state) in May, said that “the Holy Father wanted to recognize the valid work carried out by his Excellency Msgr. Sambi, especially in the last few years, by calling him to an important position in the Roman Curia. But the Lord, in his inscrutable plan, wanted to call this good and faithful servant home.”

“He was a man of firm and profound faith, a zealous and fervent pastor,” Archbishop Becciu added.


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