Archbishop and Former Papal Diplomat to Speak about Pope Benedict This Week

February 23, 2008

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, a veteran Vatican diplomat who recently was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the new Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will give a free lecture on “Pope Benedict, Hope and Love”:

Thursday, February 28
6:30 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

(two blocks north of Farragut North Metro; garage and street parking)

The topic references Pope Benedict’s first two encyclicals since he was elected pope: Deus caritas est (God is Love) and Spe salvi (On Christian Hope). Why did Pope Benedict choose hope and love for the first two major documents of his papacy and what does his message mean for us today?

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Archbishop Broglio was ordained a priest in 1977. After serving in the Diocese of Cleveland for two years, he entered the Vatican’s diplomatic school, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, in Rome. He then worked in Ivory Coast and Paraguay before returning to Rome in 1990. For the next 11 years he served as the Chief of Cabinet for Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State to Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America.

In 2001, he was ordained an archbishop by Pope John Paul II and named apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic and apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico. Pope Benedict XVI named him Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, in November 2007; he was installed in his new post on January 25, 2008 and is based in Washington, DC.

Archbishop Broglio is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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