The Mount community welcomed the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, on October 18. Archbishop Viganò first entered the diplomatic corps of the Holy See in 1973 and has faithfully served the Roman Pontiff for nearly forty years. Originally from northern Italy, he gained doctorates in both canon and civil law before entering the diplomatic service. His previous posts include work in Iraq and Great Britain as well as serving as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria under Blessed Pope John Paul II. Most recently he worked in the Vatican City State as the Secretary General of the Governatorate, a position he held until his reassignment to the United States in 2011. His visit to Mount St. Mary’s on October 18, 2012 is notable because he received the appointment of successor to the late Nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, one year ago on October 19, 2011, the Feast of the North American Martyrs. At the Mount, he celebrated a solemn Mass in the afternoon before addressing the seminarians in O’Donnell Lecture Hall later in the evening. A wide variety of topics were discussed in the lecture, but the main emphasis of the talk centered on describing the life and daily affairs of the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States. He fielded questions as vast as inquiries into his own vocation to the priesthood to the working of the Holy Spirit within his work as bishop and Nuncio. As he noted, however, the most humbling and essential task of any Apostolic Nuncio is to officially represent the Pope to the various countries around the globe. In doing this, one of his most important duties is to assure the faithful in the United States of the Holy Father’s deep affection and closeness in prayer for the members of our nation. Likewise, this was the key message he brought to our own community in his visit of October 18.
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