(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday afternoon visited Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo at the Villa Betania nursing home in Rome.
Cardinal Montezemolo, 91, served as archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls from 2005 to 2009. Before this, he provided a long service to the Holy See in the diplomatic corps, and was the first Apostolic Nuncio to the State of Israel after the signing of the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and Israel in 1993. His final diplomatic posting was as Nuncio to Italy and San Marino.
Pope Francis visited the Cardinal after making a trip to Rome’s “SOS Village,” a residential complex that cares for children coming from difficult personal, family or social backgrounds.