Pope Benedict XVI has chosen a new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the Scottish Catholic Media Office officially announced today. He is Archbishop Antonio Mennini. Archbishop Mennini, a native of Rome, is currently serving as nuncio to the Russian Federation, he is 63 and has been in Moscow since 2003. Speaking on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien warmly welcomed the appointment of Archbishop Antonio Mennini, saying: “Scotland’s bishops were always grateful for the pastoral work of Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the previous Apostolic Nuncio, who had to retire from his position because of his serious ill health.”
The Cardinal added: “We very much look forward to welcoming you to Scotland and to meeting you regularly at future gatherings of our Bishops’. Our country has always had very strong links with the Holy See and especially in the person of the Pope, with the links having been strengthened in recent years, particularly through the visits of Pope John Paul II and just recently Pope Benedict XVI to our country. We promise you the ongoing support of our prayers, as you move from your service in Russia to service in our countries here in the Great Britain”.