|New Apostolic Nuncio - Jan 1, 2012|
|2012 - News|
|Saturday, 31 December 2011 23:46|
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed His Excellency Archbishop Nicola Girasoli (in photo) the new Apostolic Nuncio to the region.
The announcement was made December 21 by Fr Daniele Liessi, Chargé d’Affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature. Archbishop Girasoli will be the papal representative to countries of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, which includes Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago.
He replaces US-born Archbishop Thomas E Gullickson, who was appointed Papal Nuncio to Ukraine in July. One of Archbishop Gullickson’s last acts was to preach the homily at the rededication of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St George’s, Grenada.
According to his curriculum vitae, Archbishop Girasoli was born July 21, 1957 in Bari, Italy. He is the titular Archbishop of Egnazia Appula. Ordained a priest on June 15, 1980, with incardination in the diocese of Ruvo di Puglia, he possesses a Doctorate in Canon Law and has been in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since May 10, 1985.
After serving in the papal representations in Indonesia and Australia, he served in the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican.
Thereafter he completed assignments in the Nunciatures in Hungary, Belgium, the USA, and Argentina.
His first assignment as Head of Mission was on January 24, 2006, as Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia, and Malawi.
Archbishop Girasoli speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, besides his mother tongue, Italian.
His arrival in Trinidad, where he will be based at the Apostolic Nunciature, will be announced at a later date. – CN staffwriter
EDITOR'S NOTE: We have been informed he will arrive in Trinidad on January 16.