Edward Joseph Adams

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His Excellency
Edward Joseph Adams
Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Appointed April 8, 2017
Predecessor Antonio Mennini
Other posts Titular Archbishop of Scala
Ordination May 16, 1970
Consecration October 23, 1996
Personal details
Birth name Edward Joseph Adams
Born (1944-08-24) August 24, 1944 (age 73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Edward Joseph Adams (born August 24, 1944) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has served as Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since April 8, 2017.

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), on August 24, 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 May 16, 1970,[1] by John Joseph Cardinal Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

He graduated from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy with a degree in canon law in 1976.

Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See[edit]

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 8 March 1976. He held positions in the office of the Secretary of State and in Rwanda, Kenya, Honduras, Ireland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.[1]

Adams was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh and Titular Archbishop of Scala on August 24, 1996.[1] He was consecrated on October 23 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.

After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Adams was named Nuncio to Zimbabwe on August 22, 2002,[1] and on September 3, 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.[2]

On February 22, 2011, he was appointed papal nuncio to Greece[3] and on April 8, 2017, he was named to replace Archbishop Antonio Mennini as Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e nomine, 22.08.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 August 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 03.09.2007" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 22.02.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "American archbishop appointed nuncio to Great Britain". Catholic Herald. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Diploma of the Order of the Dannebrog, dated August 2, 1993.
  6. ^ Deputy Foreign Minister I. Amanatidis meets with the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See in Greece (news published at the website of the Embassy of Greece to the Vatican, dated May 17, 2017)[1]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
George Pell
as Titular Bishop of Scala
Titular Archbishop of Scala
August 24, 1996–present
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Adriano Bernardini
Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh
August 24, 1996 – August 22, 2002
Succeeded by
Paul Tschang In-nam
Preceded by
Peter Paul Prabhu
Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe
August 22, 2002 – September 3, 2007
Succeeded by
George Kocherry
Preceded by
Fernando Filoni
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
September 3, 2007 – February 22, 2011
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Pinto
Preceded by
Luigi Gatti
Apostolic Nuncio to Greece
February 22, 2011 – April 8, 2017
Succeeded by
Savio Tai Fai Hon
Preceded by
Antonio Mennini
Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom of Great Britain
April 8, 2017–present