Silvano Maria Tomasi
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Silvano Maria Tomasi C.S. (12 October 1940 -) is a Catholic Archbishop and currently Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.
He was born in Casoni di Mussolente, Italy. He was ordained on 31 May 1965 as priest of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University. He co-founded the Center for Migration Studies and even wrote a book on the historic legacy of New York's Italian parishes.
He was appointed as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples on 27 June 1989 by Pope John Paul II. He was appointed as Titular Archbishop of Cercina on the same day in 1996 and appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Eritrea and Ethiopia. He was ordained on 17 August 1996. He was transferred to the titular see of Acelum. He served as in Eritrea and Ethiopia until he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Djibouti on 23 December 2000 where he remained until he was appointed to his present post on 10 June 2003.
His brother Fr Lydio is pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Washington D.C..
He was widely criticised in September 2009 following a speech in which he sought to favourably compare the Church's record on child sex abuse with that of other organisations by arguing that ""Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90 percent belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17" and "As the Catholic church has been busy cleaning its own house, it would be good if other institutions and authorities, where the major part of abuses are reported, could do the same and inform the media about it."
Archbishop Tomasi "encouraged passage of an international protocol that would give children a direct line of communication to local and international authorities when they are victims of violence or their rights are violated....Tomasi...said the measure "will become a significant instrument of the human rights system." The document is in addition to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Archbishop Tomasi spoke of it Monday, June 6, 2011 in Geneva during a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council...." 
Speaking on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 at the U.N. International Labor Conference in Geneva, Archbishop Tomasi urged that all involved in "the burgeoning and mercurial economic system" work to foster fundamental principles that ensure respect for the common good and protection of the most vulnerable. <<http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1102337.htm>>
|Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva
10 June 2003 – present