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Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency the Most Reverend Claudio GUGEROTTI, titular Archbishop of Ravello

First Secretary Monsignor Joseph Grech, originally form Malta, was appointed First Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine in July 2016. He was ordained priest for the Diocese of Gozo (Malta) on the 20th June 2001. Soon after his ordination, he served for 8 years as a parish-vicar at the Santa Maria del Buon Consiglio Parish in Rome. He obtained a doctorate in Utroque Iure (Canon and Civil Law) from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He also holds a BA in Sacred Theology, a Diploma in Canonical Administrative Praxis, a Diploma on the Causes of Saints and a Diploma in Christian Archeology. After graduating from the Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiatica (the Diplomatic School of the Holy See) he served for 3 years at the Apostolic Nunciature in Zambia and 3 years at the the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, prior to his appointment in Ukraine.

Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature: Sisters of the Holy Family

Address: Turhenivska Street 40, 01901 KYIV, Ukraine.

Telephone: + 380 44 482 35 57; fax: +380 44 482 35 53

e-mail:         nuntiusua(at)gmail.com

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The Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See:

The Honorable Ms Tetyana Ivanivna Izhevska
                           (Credentials presented on 30 March 2007).

Diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Holy See were established on 8 February 1992.

The Papal Brief of Pope John Paul II "Ucrainam Nationem" canonically established the Apostolic Nunciature on the above-mentioned date.

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To perpetuate the memory of the matter

      For centuries the Roman Pontiffs have treated Ukraine with special care, above all due to the fact that the Christian communities that have existed there for more than a thousand years have given us many priests and saints, which is an exceptional fruit of the faith. Therefore, after the successful establishment of the diplomatic relationship between the Apostolic See and the state of Ukraine, we consider that it is proper to set up an Apostolic Nuncio in order to promote the spiritual good of the faithful of Christ who live in Ukraine. Consequently, by mutual desire, knowing the opinion of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, of our supreme authority, by the power of this Message, We establish an Apostolic Nunciature in the state of Ukraine, granting it all rights, privileges, honor, prerogatives, and indults that belong to similar Missions. And finally, we wish that the Message, written in the form of a Brief, be confirmed from this day forward, and that no adverse circumstances should hinder it.

      This document is made in Rome, in Saint Peter's, under the seal-ring of Fisherman, on 8 February 1992, in the fourteenth year of Our Pontificate.

                                                                                                                                               + Cardinal Angelo Sodano,
                                                                                                                                                   Secretary of State



See full-size imageHis Excellency Archbishop Antonio Franco,
Titular Archbishop of Gallesium, from Italy,
is commonly regarded as the first Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine.
He was appointed on 28 March 1992;
he presented his credentials on 19 August
and completed his mission in May 1999.





See full-size imageHis successor was His Excellency Nikola Eterovic,
Titular Archbishop of Sisak, from Croatia,
was appointed on 30 May 1999.
He presented his credentials on 31 August 1999.







See full-size imageOn 22 April 2004, His Excellency Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič,
Titular Archbishop of Corbavia, from Slovenia,
was appointed the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine.
He presented his credentials on 16 June 2004.







See full-size imageOn 21 May 2011, His Excellency Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson
Titular Archbishop of Bomarzo
was appointed the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine.
He presented his credentials on 16 November 2011.







On 13 November 2015, His Excellency Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Titular Archbishop of Ravello was appointed the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine.







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