Fitzgerald’s resignation accepted9 January 2013
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the Walsall-born Nuncio to Egypt, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, and appointed the former nuncio to Iran as his successor.
Archbishop Fitzgerald, an expert on Islam fluent in Arabic, offered his resignation on turning 75 in October. He is now stationed with the Missionaries of Africa's community in Jerusalem.
Archbishop Fitzgerald was one of the most senior Britons in the Vatican when he served as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 2002 to 2006. At the time some commentators questioned whether his departure from Rome amounted to a demotion by the newly enthroned Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Jean-Paul Aimé Gobel was named Apostolic Nuncio for Egypt and Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States on Saturday.
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