Pope Francis appoints his Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta
Welcomed by the Order, Archbishop Becciu will work closely with the Lieutenant a.i
The government of the Sovereign Order of Malta welcomes Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu and affirms: ‘We look forward to a fruitful and constructive collaboration.’
As stated in His Holiness’ letter of 2 February 2017, the tasks the Archbishop will undertake ‘everything related to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Order, especially the professed members.’ The Delegate will work in close collaboration with the Lieutenant a.i. of the Order Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein and together they will be responsible for developing ‘a study in view of the timely renovation’ of the Order’s Constitution and Code.
Until his mandate concludes, the Special Delegate will be the Pope official spokesman in all relations between the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta.
Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu is Sardinian, a canon lawyer, and a former Papal representative in a number of countries: Central African Republic, Sudan, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom, France and the United States and Nuncio most recently in Cuba. On 10 May 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State
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