VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI today, Oct. 19, named Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò his new ambassador to the United States.
A veteran Holy See diplomat with almost four decades of experience, he succeeds Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July after a short illness.
Archbishop Viganò,70, has a doctorate in canon law and civil law. For the past two years, he has served as deputy to the cardinal president of the commission governing Vatican City, before resigning on Sept. 3.
As apostolic nuncio in one of the most important and delicate posts in Vatican diplomacy, the archbishop will be responsible not only for diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United States, but also —...READ MORE