Friday, February 20, 2009

Pope Names Ambassador to Guatemala

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher as Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to Guatemala. Archbishop Gallagher previously held that position in Burundi.

Gallagher, 55, replaces Bruno Musaró, who was appointed earlier this year as the nuncio to Peru. Gallagher was born in Liverpool (Great Britain) in 1954 and was ordained priest in 1977. He earned a degree in canon law in 1984 and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He has served in Tanzania, Uruguay and the Philippines. In 2004 he was appointed nuncio in Burundi, and Archbishop of Holdelm.

On July 15, 2000 he was appointed by John Paul II to be the special envoy and permanent observer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

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