Filipino Archbishop Appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia
The Filipino community in Australia welcomes a newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio.
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana as Vatican’s new Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, according to a statement issued by the Vatican in February 17. The appointment came seven months after another Filipino archbishop was selected as the Apostolic Nuncio to the UN.
Archbishop Yllana will replace Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who is currently serving as the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States.
Archbishop Yllana was born in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines, on February 6, 1948. He was ordained a priest at the Archdiocese of Caceres on March 19, 1972.
Archbishop Yllana was Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands from 2002 to 2006. He served as Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan from 2006 to 2010. His latest appointment was Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He held this position from 2010 until his recent transfer to Australia.
Archbishop Yllana holds a doctorate in civil and canon law. He also studied international diplomacy. He speaks Tagalog, English, Italian, Spanish, and French.
“Archbishop Yllana brings wide and diverse experience, great faith and priestly gifts. We assure him of a warm and enthusiastic welcome upon his arrival and service here in Australia,” stated Archbishop Denis Hart, ACBC President.