(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday appointed an Apostolic Nuncio to Qatar. Filipino Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla who is serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait, Bahrein, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Apostolic Delegate to the Arabian Peninsula, has now been appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Qatar as well. He takes over from Canadian-born Arch. Petar Antun Rajič who was transferred as Apostolic Nuncio to Angola and Sao Tome and Principe in June 2015.
Arch. Padilla was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait and Apostolic Delegate to the Arabian Peninsula in April 2016. The 63-year old prelate has served in the Holy See’s diplomatic missions in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Austria, India, Japan and Australia. He was also Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Prior to his appointment to the Arabian Peninsula, Archbishop Padilla was Apostolic Nuncio in Tanzania. The Archbishop is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French and German. The official residence of the Apostolic Nuncio to the Arabian Peninsula countries is in Kuwait.