Fernando Filoni

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Fernando Filoni Fernando Filoni (15 April 1946) is a Catholic Cardinal and current Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples with the Roman Curia since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 10 May 2011. Cardinal Filoni is an expert in Chinese affairs and on the Middle East. He was born near Taranto, Italy. He entered the seminary and earned doctorates in Philosophy and in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University where then-Father Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., later the Vatican Secretary of State, served as a Guest Professor in 1978. He was ordained as a Priest on 3 July 1970. He served in the Nunciatures of Sri Lanka from 1982 until 1983, Iran from 1983-1985, Brasil from 1989-1992 and finally the Philippines from 1992 until 2001. Although formally assigned to the Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines he was based in Hong Kong. During these years he spent his most intense and important period of work, on the Holy See’s so-called “Study Mission”, linked to the Manila Nunciature. During this time Archbishop Filoni was Blessed Pope John Paul II’s bridge, reaching out to China’s bishops, official and non-official Churches and bishops, reconciling the vast majority to the  ( Wikipedia article )


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