Pope Francis names Filipino archbishop as new apostolic nuncio to Holy Land

Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the new apostolic nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and apostolic delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine. (Screenshot from the Archdiocese of Brisbane via CBCP News)

Pope Francis on Thursday, June 3, appointed a Filipino archbishop as new apostolic nuncio to Israel and Cyprus.

Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, 73, was also named apostolic delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine.

Prior to his new assignment, the Filipino prelate has been serving as apostolic nuncio to Australia since 2015.

Archbishop Yllana will succeed Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who has been appointed apostolic nuncio to India in March.

Born in the city of Naga, south of Manila, on Feb. 6, 1948, Archbishop Yllana was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Caceres on March 19, 1972.

He later earned a doctorate in civil and canon law, and entered the Ecclesiastical Academy, the Holy See’s school of diplomacy.

After his studies, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, serving successively at Pontifical Representations in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary and Taiwan. - LiCAS.news