Ex-Nuncio To Belarus Assigned Paremanent Obesrver To UN In Geneva
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic will be the next Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN headquarters in Geneva and Permanent Observer to the World Trade Organization.
Archbishop Jurkovic was born in Slovenia. He served as a priest in Ljubljana for 24 years before beginning his diplomatic career. He represented the Holy See in Moscow from 1992-1996. Then in 2001 he was named archbishop and appointed as nuncio to Belarus. Just three years later, in 2004, he was appointed nuncio to Ukraine. Since 2011 he has served as Nuncioi to Russia and Uzbekistan.
In his role as nuncio to Russia, the archbishop participated in all of the steps that culminated in the historic Feb. 12, 2016 meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill.
Archbishop Jurkovich will now take over for Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi. Given Archbishop Jurkovic’s diplomatic experience, some believe his appointment aims to assist in the rapprochement between the Catholic Church and Moscow.
Based on the article of CNA.
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