Pope Transfers Nuncio From Australia to Israel
21 Aug 2012 By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI
named Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the former
nuncio to Australia, to be the new nuncio to Israel and
apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian
The appointment of the 70-year-old career
Vatican diplomat was announced Aug. 18.
Archbishop Lazzarotto, who had served at the
Vatican diplomatic mission in Israel from 1982 to 1984,
told Vatican Radio that he was looking forward to
returning, although he recognizes that being nuncio is “an
“It is a challenge I accept with joy because I think
it’s important to continue the work that my predecessors
did with great commitment and generosity,” he told the
Archbishop Lazzarotto succeeds Archbishop
Antonio Franco, 75, who retired after six years in the post.
The new nuncio said his hope is that the
commitment to dialogue and peace, a commitment shared
by the vast majority of people living in the Holy Land,
will continue to grow and that people would work each
day, “step by step, so that the path toward peace finally
would be open to all.”
Archbishop Lazzarotto had served in Australia
since 2007. Before that, he was nuncio to Ireland for seven
The archbishop’s service in Jerusalem was not his
only experience of diplomatic work in the Middle East. He
was ordained an archbishop in 1994 when he was named
the Vatican’s first nuncio to Jordan and, simultaneously,
nuncio to Iraq. He held the posts for six years.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1967 and
entered the Vatican’s diplomatic service in 1971. Besides
postings in Jerusalem, he worked at Vatican embassies in
Zambia, Belgium and Cuba.
Israel also has a new ambassador to the Holy See.
Zion Evrony, 63, was born in Iran, and his family
immigrated to Israel when he was a year old. He arrived in
Rome Aug. 1 and is waiting to present his letters of
credential to Pope Benedict.
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