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Archbishop Dolan welcomes appointment of new nuncio

October 20, 2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed the appointment of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò as apostolic nuncio to the United States.

“On behalf of the bishops of the United States of America, I take the occasion of this correspondence to welcome you warmly to our nation as Apostolic Nuncio of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, and to offer you the prayerful support of your brother bishops as you begin your important mission,” Archbishop Dolan wrote in a letter.

“As the personal representative of our Holy Father, you will serve as a continuing sign to us of that source of renewal and hope that Pope Benedict brought to our country,” he added. “Your almost four decades of service in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See in Iraq, Great Britain and the Secretariat of State give you a depth of understanding of the role of the Church in a pluralistic society ... We will benefit from your training in both canon law and civil law. They will enable you to see the intricacies involved in representing the Holy Father in both the Church and diplomatic worlds, especially now as they are lived out in America’s democratic society.”


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