Angola: Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio for Angola

Luanda — Pope Francis has appointed Italian archbishop Geovanni Gaspari (57) to be the new Apostolic Nuncio for the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (Ceast).

The information was released Monday in Luanda by the business officer of the Apostolic Nunciature, priest Michele Tutalo, who said nuncios are entrusted to represent the Pope before churches, States and other authorities.

He explained that the main duties of the nuncios include making stronger and more effective the ties existing between the Holy Catholic Apostolic and the churches and promote the relations between the Vatican and other States.

The new Apostolic Nuncio for Ceast was born on 6 June 1963 in Italy and holds a doctorate in Canon Law. He replaces in the position Petar Rajic, from Canada.

Archbishop Geovanni Gaspari joined the Holy See diplomatic service in 2001 and has served in countries like Iran, Albania, Mexico e Lithuania.

The diplomat was ordained in 1987, being fluent in Italian, English and Spanish.

The new Apostolic Nuncio's nomination announcement ceremony in Luanda was chaired by Ceast chief, archbishop Filomeno Vieira Dias, and witnessed by the bishops of Viana, Emílio Sumbelelo, Caxito, Maurício Camuto, and other Catholic Church officials.

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