Metro Manila — Pope Francis has appointed a Filipino archbishop as his personal representative to two Middle Eastern states, the Vatican’s news service reported Thursday.
Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana has been named as the apostolic nuncio to Israel and Cyprus, Vatican News said. Yllana was also named the apostolic delegate or Holy See’s representative to Jerusalem and Palestine.
He succeeds Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who was transferred to India in March, the report said.
Prior to his appointment, the 73-year-old Filipino prelate represented the Pope in Australia, Vatican News said. He also previously served in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it added.
The archbishop was born in Naga City. He was ordained a priest on March 19, 1972. He earned his doctor juris utriusque (doctor of both civil and church laws) degree at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.