Cardinal Donald Wuerl Welcomes New Papal Nuncio
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
WASHINGTON – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, released the following statement today on news that Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio to Mexico, has been appointed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as his personal representative and Papal Nuncio to the United States:
“It is a joy to learn that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed as his personal representative and Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio to Mexico. Archbishop Pierre is recognized for his distinguished diplomatic career and service to the Church. I look forward to welcoming him to this archdiocese where he will make his home as he carries out his responsibilities across the country.
“At the same time, I express my appreciation for the dedicated efforts of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who has served as the papal representative to the United States since October 2011. As he departs Washington and concludes his service to the Church, I offer my gratitude for his many kindnesses as we worked together, particularly in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis to the United States last September. Archbishop Viganò carries with him our heartfelt prayers and best wishes.”
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