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Pope appoints new Apostolic Nuncio for PNG

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Mauro Lalli as the new Apostolic Nuncio in Papua New Guinea.

A Press Release from the Apostolic Nunciature (Embassy of the Holy See) in Papua New Guinea informs that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed His Excellency Most Reverend Mauro LALLI as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.


The Press Release stated that the appointment will be announced today, Friday, 1st March 2024, at 12:00 noon in the Vatican, 8:00 PM in PNG and 9:00 PM Autonomous Region of Bougainville.


The prelate has represented the Holy See on three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Now Pope Francis is calling him to carry out an important mission in the peripheries.


Prior to this appointment, 59-year-old Archbishop Lalli had been serving as chargé d'affaires to Cyprus. He succeeds Archbishop Fermin Emilio Sosa Rodriguez, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia last November.


A short biography

Born on 17 September 1965 in Atessa, (Chieta, Italy) Mauro Lalli attended Higher Secondary School in Chieti and studied Philosophy and Theology at the Institute of Theology of the “Pontificio Seminario Regionale degli Abruzzi”, Chieti.

Lalli was ordained a priest on 14 July 1990 when incardinated to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto. From 1990 to 1995, he was parish priest, professor of religion and Regional Youth Director. He graduated as Doctor juris utriusque (Doctor of Both Laws – Civil and Canon) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. After completing his diplomatic studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy from 1995 to 1999, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1st July 1999, serving successively at Pontifical Representations in Guatemala, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Romania, Croatia, India, Jordan and Cyprus. Monsignor Lalli speaks (Italian), French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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