September 20, 2021

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Bicolano Archbishop now Nuncio to Israel, Apostolic Delegate to Palestine

Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana. SCREENSHOT/ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE

Bicolano Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana was recently appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus.

He is also Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine.

A Nuncio is equivalent to an ambassador.

Archbishop Yllana is a native of Naga City, Camarines Sur.

He has been Nuncio to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Pakistan, Congo and Australia.

According to Catholic news blog, Dominus Est, Pope Francis​ appoint​ed​ Archbishop Tito Yllana as the new Apostolic Nuncio ​to Israel and Cyprus, and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine.

EXPERIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

​Its source, the official Vatican News, reported on June 3:

“Archbishop Yllana has represented the Holy See on four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Now Pope Francis is calling him to carry out an important mission in the Holy Land.”

“Prior to this appointment, 73-year-old Archbishop Yilana had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. He succeeded Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India last March.

NATIVE OF NAGA CITY, CAMARINES SUR, PHILIPPINES

Archbishop Yllana was born on February 6, 1948 in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

According to Dominus Est, He was ordained a priest on March 19, 1972. He graduated Doctor juris utriusque (Doctor of Both Laws) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

“After completing his studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy in 1984, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, serving successively at Pontifical Representations in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary and Taiwan.”

“In December 2001, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and consecrated him Bishop on 6 January 2002 in St. Peter’s Basilica (titular archbishop of Montecorvino).”

Thereafter, the Pope entrusted him the Nunciature in the Solomon Islands.

“Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan in 2006 and Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010.”

In February 2015, he became Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.