His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain His Excellency Edward Joseph Adams, titular Archbishop of Scala until now, Apostolic Nuncio in Greece.
Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has offered Archbishop Adams his heartfelt congratulations on the appointment. He extended the warmest of welcomes to the incoming apostolic nuncio and gave him an assurance of prayers as he takes up his new office.
Archbishop Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on 24 August 1944. He attended St Joseph's Preparatory School, Villanova University, and Philadelphia's St Charles Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest on 16 May 1970 by John Joseph Cardinal Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
After being assigned to advanced studies in Rome, he graduated in 1976, from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Since then, he served the Pope in Apostolic Nunciatures in various countries throughout the world.
Archbishop Adams was designated Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh and Titular Archbishop of Scala on 24 August 1996, and was consecrated on 23 October of that year by Angelo Cardinal Sodano, the Papal Secretary of State. His principal co-consecrators were Anthony Joseph Cardinal Bevilacqua and John Patrick Cardinal Foley
After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Archbishop Adams was named Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe on 22 August 2002 and after serving five years in that country, on 3 September 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. He has served as Nuncio to Greece since 22 February 2011.