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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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In his homily, the papal nuncio explained what a religious is.
The Archbishop was only the second Irishman to be made a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a hierarchical position.
The papal nuncio said that the Pope will be happy to visit Pakistan.
Supposedly, when there is a need for a diocesan bishop in the province, the papal nuncio begins the hunt by looking at the candidates on that list.
It is also why the presence, words, and nominations of Papal Nuncio Mennini are held dear by them.
Monsignor Peter Smith - who became a YouTube sensation after Susan Boyle was filmed fainting in his arms - is heading for the United Nations in New York after being appointed attache to the Papal Nuncio.
The extraordinary move to recall the papal nuncio, Mon-signor Giuseppe Leanza, is meant to show "a certain note of surprise and regret regarding some excessive reactions" to the report, Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini said.
Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, Papal Nuncio in Dublin, has already returned to Rome in a rare move ordered by the Holy See.
The Papal Nuncio was told to take a message to the Holy See that the Irish Government believes its conduct in clerical child abuse inquiries has been disgraceful and unacceptable.
Next Sunday, a special service will be held in Rakovski by the Papal Nuncio for Bulgaria, archbishop Janusz Bolonek, who is a fellow Pole.
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, said: "We are grateful to the Holy Father for making this appointment so soon after the arrival of our new papal nuncio.
He has published three volumes of papal bulls and letters from 1198 to 1415 that he found in the Archives nationales de Paris, as well as the correspondance as papal nuncio in France from 1601 to 1604 of Innocenzo del Bufalo, and the letters of Henri IV concerning relations between the papacy and France.