Adolfo Tito Yllana

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The Most Reverend Dr
Adolfo Tito Yllana
Apostolic Nuncio to Australia
Elected 17 February 2015
Predecessor Paul Gallagher
Successor Incumbent
Other posts Titular Archbishop of Montecorvino (2001–)
Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo (2010–2015)
Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan (2006–2010)
Apostolic Nuncio to the Solomon Islands (2002–2006)
Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea (2001–2002)
Orders
Ordination 19 March 1972
by Teopisto Valderrama Alberto
Consecration 13 December 2001
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Born (1948-02-06) 6 February 1948 (age 69)
Naga City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Occupation Apostolic Nuncio
Profession Sacerdotal Catholic Priest
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Adolfo Tito Yllana (born 6 February 1948, Naga City, Philippines) is a Roman Catholic archbishop and the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. He undertook religious studies from the Holy Rosary Seminary also in the same city. On 19 March 1972 he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Caceres. He went on to obtain a Doctor of Both Laws from the Lateran University in Rome and began his diplomatic career after finishing his studies at the Academia Ecclesiastica, the premier academy for the diplomatic corps in the Vatican. His first diplomatic posts were in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary and Taiwan.

On 13 December 2001 he was appointed titular archbishop of Montecorvino and Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea. He was consecrated by Pope John Paul II on 6 January 2002 in St Peter's Basilica.[1]

The Coat-of-Arms of Archbishop Yllana was designed by Cardinal Andrea de Montezemolo. The colors in the four parts indicate the faith (blue) as the beginning of grace coming from God and pervades everything, to which the human will responds to (silver) in the practice of the virtues.

  • The star indicates the light of sanctifying grace;
  • The rose represents the Virgin Mary, mother and help of all Christians (here the rose represents Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol region, to whom the archbishop-elect, just like every Bicolano, has a special devotion and attachment);
  • The undulating waves indicate water, which penetrates everywhere it passes making life flourish, as the pastoral work of the archbishop-elect is indicated in the motto "to Preach (proclaim the Gospel, announce the Good News or evangelize) and to Serve".
  • The book indicates the Gospel, as the word of God, which inspires, teaches and guides every action of life, be it in evangelizing as in serving.

He was appointed apostolic nuncio to Pakistan on 31 March 2006.[2] In November 2007, Archbishop Yllana joined in the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore with a special message from Pope Benedict XVI to the local congregation.[3]

On 21 September 2009, Archbishop Yllana presided at the ordination in St. Joseph's Cathedral, of the new coadjutor bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Bishop Rufin Anthony. More than 1,500 people attended the event.[4]

On 17 April 2010 the diocese of Faisalabad organized a special ceremony to celebrate its golden jubilee. Archbishop Yllana, Bishop Joseph Coutts (Faisalabad), Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha (Lahore), and Bishop Andrew Francis (Multan) spoke on the occasion.[5] At the jubilee mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul attended by about 5,000 Catholics from 21 parishes, Archbishop Yllana said that the Vatican was happy to see the number of priestly and religious vocations in the diocese. [6]

On 20 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Yllana as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.[7] On 17 February 2015, Pope Francis appointed Yllana as the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy, retrieved 27 April 2010
  2. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (Press release). Vatican Press Office. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ AsiaNews 11/20/2007
  4. ^ "UCANews 23 September 2009". 
  5. ^ "Pakistan Christian TV 17 April 2010". 
  6. ^ UCANews 14 April 2010 Archived 17 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (Press release). Vatican Press Office. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (Press release). Vatican Press Office. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.