Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso named new apostolic nuncio to Jordan

Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso
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AMMAN — The Apostolic Nunciature in Amman announced that Pope Francis named Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso as the new apostolic nuncio to Jordan, Khaberni reported. اضافة اعلان

The government approved the decision of the Holy See to nominate Dal Toso to be its ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Hashemite royal court.

An apostolic nuncio is an ecclesiastical diplomat, who serves as an envoy or diplomatic representative of the Holy See to a country.

The Director General of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, Father Rif'at Bader, said that this is the first time a resident papal ambassador has been appointed locally, considering the apostolic nuncio to Jordan also served Iraq, and spent his entire residence in Iraq due to political crises and wars.

The ambassador’s stay in Jordan would be considered a positive development in the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, said Father Bader, noting that relations have been officially concluded since 1994.

The new apostolic nuncio is the sixth ambassador to serve in Jordan.

Archbishop Dal Toso, 58, was born in the Italian city of Vicenza, joined the seminary in the Italian city of Brixen, and then completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the Higher Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Brixen.

He then obtained the title of "teacher of theology" from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1989 for the Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen, and after three years of service in the diocese, he obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University. In June 2001 he obtained a degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University.

Since May 1996, he has worked on the "One Heart" council concerned with providing aid to the less fortunate, especially refugees, and was appointed as an agent on June 21, 2004. He was appointed secretary general of the Pontifical Council “One Heart” on June 16, 2010.

After the council was dissolved on January 1, 2017, he was appointed deputy secretary in the newly established Department for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.

On November 9, 2017, he became co-secretary General of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (currently the Department of Evangelization).

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