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NUNCIO. The name given to the Pope's ambassador. Nuncios are ordinary or extraordinary; the former are sent upon usual missions, the latter upon special occasions.

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Bonazzi, 55, until now has been apostolic nuncio in Haiti, said Father Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office.
In addition to the Native People, the conference was visited by 14 Catholic Archbishops and bishops, including Archbishop Gabriel Montalavo, the Apostolic Nuncio, the representative of Pope John Paul II.
The Israeli defence minister has assured the apostolic nuncio that the basilica will not be attacked.
Al-Rai's words came during his religious sermon as he presided over Mass held at "Our Lady of Bechwat" Church, marking the occasion of the appointment of Pastor Hanna Rahme as Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Baalbek and Deir al-Ahmar, in presence of political figures and Apostolic Nuncio, Gabriel Caccia.
In 1942, the apostolic nuncio, again under the instructions of Pius XII, sent to Romania's minister of foreign affairs a protest over that country's Jewish policies.
In a centuries-old ceremony at noon today in the cathedral Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, read the Papal letter announcing Bishop Cordileone's appointment and then seated him in the formal chair (cathedra) as the Bishop of Oakland.
Archbishop Fitzgerald is a former apostolic nuncio to Egypt and delegate to the Arab League (2006-2012).
The services were attended by representatives of Christian denominations in Damascus and Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, Monsignor Mario Zenari, in addition to Muslim religious figures.
Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, speaking on behalf of Pope Francis, said: "It gives me great joy to be here today for the installation of your new Archbishop, especially as you have chosen this particular day of St Joseph the Worker.
Church officials in Rome said he has been assigned to the office of Apostolic Nuncio and will hold the rank of ambassador, working at the Vatican's secretary of state's office.
In this regard, Shuhaiber added that Archbishop Mamberti stressed that Archbishop Peter Rajic is the Apostolic Nuncio in Kuwait, and not Archbishop Ballin, and that is what the Acting Vatican Minister to Kuwait rushed to explain in August for the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry officials who have confirmed their full understanding of the circumstances surrounding the subject.
Parishioners from all over the Diocese of Middlesbrough welcomed His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who is The Apostolic Nuncio.