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Italian prelate to become apostolic nuncio in Washington?

August 30, 2011

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the secretary of the Vatican city-state government, will soon be named apostolic nuncio to the US, EWTN reports.

Archbishop Vigano, the 2nd-ranking official in the Vatican governatorate, would replace the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July from unexpected complications after lung surgery.

Archbishop Vigano reportedly had hoped to remain in Rome, and replace his immediate superior, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who at the age of 76 is overdue for retirement. Ironically, it was rumored early this year that Archbishop Sambi would be Cardinal Lajolo’s replacement.


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