Holy See sends first nuncio to Russian Federation

Archbishop Antonio Mennini

ARCHBISHOP Antonio Mennini, until now the Pope’s representative to the Russian Federation, is now the Holy See’s first apostolic nuncio to the country, the Vatican is reporting.

Last December, Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to upgrade relations between the two sides to full diplomatic ties, which raises the level of representation to apostolic nuncio and embassy.  The two sides have maintained representation below the rank of ambassador since 1990.

Archbishop Mennini was born in Rome in 1947.

http://www.zenit.org/article-30013?l=english

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