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Europe appointment for Australian nuncio

Pope John Paul II yesterday named Archbishop Francesco Canalini, his Canberra-based nuncio (or ambassador), apostolic nuncio for Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

68 year old Archbishop Canalini (pictured left, with Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll), has held the Canberra position since 1998, having previously been nuncio in Ecuador and pro-nuncio in Indonesia.

Although the position of apostolic nuncio is usually non-controversial, Canalini attracted criticism when he told leaders of religious orders in June that an excess of "conviviality" in their liturgies can sideline the sacrificial dimension of the Mass.

As yet, there is no announcement of the new apostolic nuncio for Australia.

Other Pontifical Acts (Vatican Information Service 8/9/04)

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Religious and Liturgy (Liturgy Lines, The Liturgical Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane, 22/8/04)
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9 Sep 2004