Edward Joseph Adams

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His Excellency
Edward Joseph Adams
Apostolic Nuncio to Coat of arms of Greece.svgGreece
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Appointed 22 February 2011
Predecessor Luigi Gatti
Other posts Titular Archbishop of Scala
Ordination 16 May 1970
by Coat of arms of John Joseph Krol.svgJohn Joseph Cardinal Krol

23 October 1996
by Coat of arms of Angelo Sodano.svgAngelo Cardinal Sodano; Co-consecrators:

Coat of arms of Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua.svgAnthony Joseph Cardinal Bevilacqua, Coat of arms of John Patrick Foley OESSJ.svgJohn Patrick Cardinal Foley
Personal details
Birth name Edward Joseph Adams
Born (1944-08-24) 24 August 1944 (age 72)
Seal of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.svgPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Previous post
  • Apostolic Nuncio to
  • National emblem of Bangladesh.svgBangladesh (1996-2002)
  • Coat of arms of Zimbabwe.svgZimbabwe (2002–2007)
  • Coat of arms of the Philippines.svg Philippines (2007-2011)
Alma mater
Motto In Cruce Salus
Coat of arms
Styles of
Edward Joseph Adams
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Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Edward Joseph Adams (born 24 August 1944) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has served as Apostolic Nuncio to Greece since 2011.


Early life, education, ordination[edit]

Archbishop Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), on 24 August 1944.[1] After his elementary education in Catholic grammar schools, he attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Villanova University, and Philadelphia’s St. Charles Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest on 16 May 1970 by John Joseph Cardinal Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia.[1]

After being assigned to advanced studies in Rome, he graduated, in 1976, from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Since then, he served the Pope in Apostolic Nunciatures in various countries throughout the world.

Assignments, Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See[edit]

Adams was designated Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh and Titular Archbishop of Scala on 24 August 1996,[2] and was consecrated on 23 October of that year by Angelo Cardinal Sodano, the Papal Secretary of State. His principal co-consecrators were Anthony Joseph Cardinal Bevilacqua and John Patrick Cardinal Foley.[1]

After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Adams was named Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe on 22 August 2002 and,[3] after serving five years in that country, on 3 September 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, the 16th Papal Representative to the country.[1][4]

On 22 February 2011 he was appointed Nuncio to Greece.[1][5]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
George Pell
as Titular Bishop of Scala
Titular Archbishop of Scala
24 August 1996–present
Preceded by
Adriano Bernardini
Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh
24 August 1996–22 August 2002
Succeeded by
Paul Tschang In-nam
Preceded by
Peter Paul Prabhu
Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe
22 February 2011–present
Succeeded by
George Kocherry
Preceded by
Fernando Filoni
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
3 September 2007–22 February 2011
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Pinto
Preceded by
Luigi Gatti
Apostolic Nuncio to Greece
22 February 2011–present