Tuesday 4th July 2017 was a twofold day of significance for Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. Firstly it was American Independence Day a very special holiday for our new Nuncio who hails from the United States. It was also the day on which His Excellency was formally welcomed to our Isles by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Bishops of England & Wales with a Mass of Welcome at Westminster Cathedral.
At the start of the Mass Fr. Chris Thomas, General Secretary to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales welcomed the Nuncio on behalf of the Bishops. Our own Archbishop George Stack was present to welcome the Nuncio on behalf of the people of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Province of Wales.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference thanked the Nuncio for being present on a day ‘which must have a special place in your heart’ referring to the Independence Day celebrations.
Archbishop Adams was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain by Pope Francis on 8th April 2017. The Archbishop was born in Philadelphia on 24th August 1944. He studied for the priesthood at Philadelphia’s St. Charles Theological Seminary, and was ordained priest on 16th 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 at the Holy See’s Apostolic Nunciatures in various countries throughout the world. Before being appointed to the Nunciature at the Court of St. James (Great Britain) he served as the Holy Father’s Envoy to Greece.
We look forward to welcoming the new Nuncio to Wales in the immediate future and wish him every blessing in his work among us here in Great Britain.
Photo: Cardinal Vincent with the Apostolic Nuncio and the Bishops of England and Wales (Courtesy of Diocese of Westminster)