Edoardo Rovida (born 26 August 1927) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from 1953 to 2002.

BiographyEdit

Edoardo Rovida was born on 26 August 1927 in Alessandria, Italy, and was ordained a priest on 29 June 1950.[1]

He completed the course of studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1953.[2]

He became known as a beneficiary of the patronage of Giovanni Benelli, who as Substitute of the Secretariat of State dominated the department from 1967 to 1977.[3] His early assignments in the diplomatic service of the Holy See included a stint in Cuba during the early years of the Cuban Revolution.[4][a]

On 31 July 1971, Pope Paul VI appointed him Titular Archbishop of Tauromenium and Apostolic Nuncio to Panama.[6] He received his episcopal consecration on 10 October[1] from Cardinal Jean-Marie Villot, the Secretary of State.

On 13 August 1977, he was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Zaire[7] and on 7 March 1981 was named Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.

On 26 January 1985, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland[8] and on 7 March 1987 Apostolic Nuncio to Liechtenstein.

On 15 March 1993, he was appointed apostolic nuncio to Portugal.[9][10]

His service as nuncio to Portugal ended with the appointment of his successor, Alfio Rapisarda, on 12 October 2002,[11] but maintained the title nuncio[12]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ His role as secretary of the nunciature in Havana is documented in 1958[5] and 1960.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "I Vescovi di Origine Alessandrina". Diocese of Alessandria (in Italian). Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  3. ^ Reese, Thomas (1998). Inside the Vatican. Harvard University Press. p. 153.
  4. ^ a b Uría Rodríguez, Ignacio (2012). Iglesia y revolución en Cuba: Enrique Pérez Serantes (1883-1968), el obispo que salvó a Fidel Castro (in Spanish). pp. 443–5. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Foreign Diplomatic Corps, Cuba 1958". Cuban Information Archives. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXIII. 1971. pp. 707, 718. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXIX. 1977. p. 619. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  8. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXVII. 1985. p. 181. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Vescovi di Sicilia". Catholic Church in Sicily. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  10. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LXXXV. 1993. p. 395. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 12.10.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Firma del Concordato tra la Santa Sede e la Repubblica Portughese, 18.05.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). 18 May 2004. Retrieved 28 June 2019.