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Newsline: Vatican Opens its First Embassy in Abu Dhabi

The Vatican opened its first embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday. Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the Substitute (Sostituto) of the Vatican Secretariat of State, traveled to Abu Dhabi to inaugurate the diplomatic post on the Arabian Peninsula. “The presence of this new apostolic nunciature is a further sign of the Holy Father’s solicitude and concern for all the people in this land,” Archbishop Peña Parra said at the opening on Feb. 4. “It is Pope Francis’ sincere desire that this edifice will assist the papal representative in carrying out his mission to the United Arab Emirates and to the local Catholic community,” he said. (https://www.ncregister.com/cna/vatican-opens-its-first-embassy-in-abu-dhabi) An apostolic nunciature is a diplomatic mission of the Holy See. It is led by a nuncio, who is a papal legate accredited to the civil government.

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