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Pope names new apostolic nuncio to Mexico

July 11, 2016

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Franco Coppola as the new apostolic nuncio to Mexico, succeeding Archbishop Christopher Pierre, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to the United States in April.

Archbishop Coppola, 59, was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Otranto, Italy, in 1981, and subsequently entered the Vatican diplomatic service. He was ordained a bishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Since that time, the prelate has served as apostolic nuncio to Burundi (2009-14) and to the Central African Republic and Chad (since 2014).

The apostolic nunciature to Mexico is among the most important Vatican diplomatic positions, as Mexico has more Catholics than any other nation except for Brazil. Archbishop Pierre’s two predecessors subsequently were appointed to Vatican posts and became cardinals.

 
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