Eleuterio Francesco Fortino

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Eleuterio Francesco Fortino (April 21, 1938 – September 22, 2010) was an Italian priest of the Italo-Albanian Catholic Church. Fortino, who was ordained a Catholic priest on 1962, served as Archimandrite in the Eparchy of Lungro in Calabria.[1] He also served as the Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 1987 until his death on September 22, 2010.[1] Additionally, he headed the Vatican office charged with improving relations with Orthodox Christianity for ten years.[1]

He was awarded the "Silver Rose" in 2007 for his promotion of good relations between the Vatican and the Orthodox world.[1] He was also the recipient of the Arberia Award in 2009.[1]

Eleuterio Francesco Fortino died at the Tor Vergata hospital in Rome, Italy, on September 22, 2010, at the age of 72.