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Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and Palestine

 Until 1929, the Apostolic Delegation in Syria included in its mandate the territory of Palestine.  In 1929, Pope Pius XI united Palestine, which at that time was under the British Mandate, to the Delegation of the Holy See in Cairo.  Although there was a residence for the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem, his permanent residence remained in Cairo.  In 1948, Pope Pius XII established the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem for Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus.  Its residence is now located on the Mount of Olives.  His Excellency Msgr. Pietro Sambi is the tenth Apostolic Delegate.  He has succeeded His Excellency Msgr. Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, Titular Archbishop of Tuscania, who was Apostolic Delegate from 1990 until 1998. 

His Excellency Msgr. Pietro Sambi,
Titular Archbishop of Belcastro

 His Excellency Msgr. Pietro Sambi was born at Sogliano on the Rubicon, Forli, Italy, on June 27, 1938.  Having completed his studies in philosophy and theology, he was ordained a priest in 1964.  After this, he was incardinated in the Diocese of Montefeltro. 
 His Excellency Msgr. Pietro Sambi obtained Doctorates in theology and canon law.  He speaks fluently English, Spanish, and French.  In 1969, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See and successively served in the Apostolic Nunciatures in Cameroon, Jerusalem, Cuba, Algeria, Nicaragua, Belgium, and India.  In 1985, he was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Burundi.  Then, from November of 1991 until June of 1998, he was Apostolic Nuncio in Indonesia.  Since July of 1998, His Excellency Msgr. Pietro Sambi has been Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine.  In addition to this, he is Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Cyprus and Apostolic Nuncio for Israel. 

Monsignor Eugene M. Nugent,
First Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and Palestine

 Monsignor Eugene M. Nugent was born in Co. Clare, Ireland, on October 21, 1958.  In 1976, he entered St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland.  In 1979, he graduated from it and received his BA in Celtic Studies.  In 1983, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Killaloe.  From 1979 until 1982, he did his Baccalaureate in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome.  In 1984, he completed his Licentiate in canon law at the same university.  From 1984 until 1987, he was Assistant Parish Priest in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland.  From 1988 until 1991, he worked in the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of the State of Vatican.  In 1992, he completed his Doctorate in canon law at the Gregorian University.  In the same year, he graduated from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.  In July of 1992, he was appointed to the Apostolic Nunciature in Turkey.  In June of 1996, he was appointed to the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and to the Apostolic Nunciature in Israel with the rank of First Secretary.  Monsignor Eugene M. Nugent speaks fluently Irish, English, French, Italian, and German. 

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to this most sacred Christian site of Jerusalem.

A view of the Holy Sepulchre

The first edition of 
Who is Who 
in the Churches of Jerusalem
was published in 1998 
in Jerusalem.
The second edition
was published one year later
in Moscow.

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