New Nuncio for Australia

The Holy See has appointed Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.

He has previously served as Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq, Jordan and more recently in Ireland.

Born in Vicenza, Italy in 1942, Archbishop Lazzarotto was ordained in 1967.

He has a Doctorate in Canon Law and completed post-graduate studies in International Diplomacy at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome.

Archbishop Lazzarotto entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1971.

He served the Holy See in its diplomatic missions in Zambia and Malawi; in Belgium, European Community, Luxembourg; Cuba; the Apostolic Delegation of the Holy See in Jerusalem, in Palestine and Cyprus; and in the Secretariat of State, Vatican City, at the Section for Relations with States.

Archbishop Lazzarotto speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

He is expected to arrive early this year.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson warmly welcomed the appointment.

"On behalf of the Bishops and clergy and people of Australia, I welcome Archbishop Lazzarotto's appointment," he said.

"I look forward to greeting him personally upon his arrival and pray that his time in Australia will be happy and fruitful."

The post of Apostolic Nuncio to Australia has been vacant since the death of Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli in October last year.

New Apostolic Nuncio for Australia (ACBC 22/12/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Nuncio (Wikipedia)
Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto

Archhbishop Wilson's sadness over Nuncio De Paoli's death (CathNews 15/10/07)

14 Jan 2008