Pope Francis appoints new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain

By Peter Heneghan

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, following the retirement of predecessor Archbishop Edward Adams.
 
Claudio Gugerotti was born in Verona, Italy in 1955 and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Verona in 1982. He studied Eastern Languages and Sacred Liturgy and was a professor of Patristics, Eastern Liturgy at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Verona from 1981 to 1985.
 
In 1985, he was appointed as an official working at the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and he became its undersecretary in 1997. He has also taught at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
 
On 7 December 2001, Pope St John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Georgia and to Armenia. He was also subsequently made Apostolic Nuncio to Azerbaijan on 13 December.
 
He received his episcopal consecration by Pope St John Paul on 6 January 2002, appointing him to the Titular See of Ravello.
 
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus in 2011, before Pope Francis named him as Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine in 2015.
 
The previous Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Edward Adams, retired last January.
 
The Apostolic Nuncio is the representative of the Holy See at the Court of St James and has the rank of ambassador.