POPE BENEDICT XVI has named Archbishop Giovanni d’Aniello, apostolic nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo, as his representative to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

Italian-born Archbishop d’Aniello, 55, was appointed apostolic nuncio to Thailand and Cambodia, and apostolic delegate to Myanmar and Laos, a Vatican communiqué reported Sep 22.

He succeeds Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, who served as apostolic nuncio to Cambodia, Singapore and Thailand, and apostolic delegate to Brunei, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Archbishop Pennacchio was appointed apostolic nuncio to India last May.

An official of the apostolic nunciature in Bangkok, where Archbishop d’Aniello will be based, told ucanews.com that he will start his tenure around the end of the year. His date of arrival, however, is not yet known.

A staff member in the Singapore archbishop’s office said they have no information yet of a Vatican representative to that country.

Archbishop d’Aniello has been serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2001. He was ordained a bishop by the current Pope shortly after that appointment.

He speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, besides Italian.

Profile of Archbishop d’Aniello:

• Born in Aversa (Caserta, Italy) on Jan. 5, 1955

• Ordained a priest on Dec 8, 1978, for the Diocese of Aversa

• Entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on Jun 1, 1983, after attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome and obtaining a diploma in Diplomatic Science and a doctorate in Canon Law

• Served successively in the Apostolic Nunciature in Burundi, Thailand, Lebanon, Brazil and in the Section for the Relations with the States in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State

• Appointed apostolic nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Dec 15, 2001

• Episcopally ordained Jan 6, 2002 n ucanews.com

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