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LATEST_UPDATE_ON Tue, 21 Nov 2017 - 14:24
Pope Francis Appoints New Papal Nuncio to Italy

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, papal nuncio to Italy and San Marino, who has became the first non-Italian to perform such a role since 1929.

Tscherrig, who served as the diplomatic representative for the Holy See in Argentina, has taken over Archbishop Adriano Bernardini in this position since 2011, according to a statement from Vatican.

Local media reported that papal nuncios usually have a nationality different from the nation in which they are serving to guarantee their freedom of speech.

However, Italy was the exception in the last 88 years, since the Vatican City State was established in 1929, with the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the then Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussoli´s government and the Vatican, granting political independence to this latter.

Experts believe that with this appointment the Supreme Pontiff is ending with such a singularity, a gesture in line with the Argentine Pope´s struggle for a global Catholic Church.

Emil Paul Tscherrig, from Unterems, southern Switzerland, was born on February 3, 1947, and was appointed priest on April 11, 1974.

He later received a PhD in Canon Law, joined the Vatican Diplomatic Service in April 1978 and held positions in Uganda, Korea, Bangladesh and the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. / PL

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