New Apostolic Nuncio to S. Korea appointed

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari as the 12th Apostolic Nuncio to South Korea, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said Saturday. Born in 1963 in Pescara, Italy, Archbishop Gaspari was ordained a priest in 1987. Graduating from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 2001, he served at Apostolic Nunciatures in Iran, Albania, Mexico and Lithuania, and worked as the Secretariat of State of the Holy See's Foreign Ministry. Since 2020, he has been serving as the Apostolic Nuncio to Angola and Sao Tome and Principe in Africa. The Holy See has dispatched Apostolic Nuncios to South Korea since 1947, even before the official establishment of their diplomatic relations. Source: Yonhap News Agency