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Filipino diplomat named Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus

Pope Francis names Archbishop Yllana Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine


MANILA – The Holy Father Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Adolfo Tito Camacho Yllana as Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine as the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.


In a statement from the Vatican City-based Vatican News, it said the 73-year old diplomat has represented the Holy See in Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.


“Now Pope Francis is calling him to carry out an important mission in the Holy Land. Prior to his latest appointment, Archbishop Yllana served as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. He now succeeds Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who was earlier appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India last March.


He was born on February 6,1948 in Naga City and was ordained priest on March 19,1972. He graduated as Doctor juris utriusque (Doctor of Both Laws) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. After his studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1984, serving successively at Pontifical Representations in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary and Taiwan. In December 2001, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and consecrated him Bishop on January 6,2002 in St. Peter’s Basilica (titular archbishop of Montecorvino).


He was assigned to the Nunciature in the Solomon Islands.


Pope Benedict XVI named him Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan in 2006 and Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010.


Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Australia in February 2015. (Melo M. Acuña)



Archbishop Adolfo Tito Camacho Yllana, the new Papal Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine. (Photo credit: Archdiocese of Brisbane)

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