On Monday, November 27, 2017, the new Apostolic Nuncio in Israel, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, arrived in Israel.

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Archbishop Girelli serves as well as the Apostolic Nuncio in Cyprus and the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine.

Girelli was born in Predore, Province of Bergamo in 1953. He was ordained a priest on 17 June 1978 and incardinated in the diocese of Bergamo. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 13 July 1987 and worked in the papal diplomatic missions in Cameroon and New Zealand and at the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, and finally in the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States where he held the rank of Counsellor.

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Titular Archbishop of Capreae. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. In 2011, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore, Apostolic Delegate for Malaysia and for Brunei Darussalam, and non-residential papal representative for Vietnam.

We wish the Nuncio God’s blessing on his new and important mission in the Holy Land!

View a short interview with the Nuncio here