OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - “I am ready for mission in Australia”, says new Papal Nuncio in Canberra

Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Canberra (Fides Service) - Recently the new Papal Nuncio to Australia Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli, was welcomed by the Catholic Bishops of Australia, staff at the Nunciature in Canberra, many priests and local Catholics as well as civil authorities
The Nuncio, appointed by Pope John Paul II in December 2004, said he was ready and willing for his mission on the newest of the continents. “It is for me a great honour to be appointed Holy See representative in Australia, and I thank you all for the warm welcome. I am ready to offer my contribution for the Church in Australia and for the people of Australia”.
The Archbishop was born in the United States and ordained a priest in 1960. He entered the Holy See’s diplomatic service in and has since worked in Zambia, Venezuela and Canada and at the Secretary of State Office in the Vatican. He has been pro-nuncio to Sri Lanka, and later in South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia. Before being appointed as Nuncio to Australia he was Papal Nuncio in Japan and his known and esteemed a man, a bishops and a diplomat.
“Your mission in the Far East continues”, the local Catholics gathered for the welcome ceremony told the new Nuncio and wishing him fruitful service in Australia. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 8/3/2005 righe 21 parole 212)