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Vatican names new nuncio to Moscow

February 21, 2011

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic has been named the apostolic nuncio to Russia.

Archbishop Jurkovic becomes the first Vatican representative in Moscow to hold that rank since full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Russia were established last year. His appointment was announced by the Vatican just two days after Pope Benedict met with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev.

Archbishop Jurkovic, a Slovenian native, is a longtime Vatican diplomat who had been serving as apostolic nuncio in Ukraine. He replaces Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who was appointed in December as apostolic nuncio to Great Britain.


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