Emanuele Gerada

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His Excellency

Dr. Emanuele Gerada
Titular Archbishop of Nomentum
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeTitular See of Nomentum
In office1967–2011
Ordination1 August 1943
by Emanuel Galea
Consecration18 June 1967
by Mikiel Gonzi
Personal details
Born(1920-05-18)18 May 1920
Żejtun, Malta
Died21 January 2011(2011-01-21) (aged 90)
Styles of
Emanuele Gerada
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Emanuele Gerada (18 May 1920 – 21 January 2011) was a Maltese prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, a Vatican diplomat and titular Archbishop of Nomentum. One Maltese obituary recalled him as "a generous, well-read and intelligent man." [1]


Gerada was born in Malta and ordained a priest on 1 August 1943 for the Archdiocese of Malta. He studied in Rome for a doctorate in canon law and joined the Vatican's diplomatic service, in which he served for most of his career.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta (then to Coadjutor Archbishop in 1968) and titular Bishop of Nomentum on 15 February 1967 and was consecrated on 18 June 1967. A former priest-secretary recalled at the time of his death that one of Gerada's achievements was an improvement in the relations between the Maltese Church and the Labour Party. Such had been the deterioration in the relationship that Catholic Labour supporters were denied burial in the consecrated section of cemeteries and voting Labour was declared a mortal sin. But Gerada negotiated an agreement acceptable to both sides.[2]

Gerada resumed his diplomatic career with the Holy See in 1973 when he was appointed apostolic nuncio to El Salvador and Guatemala. In this post he was said to lobby for the appointment of Archbishop Oscar Romero[3] but later the two men would clash when Romero cancelled many Sunday masses after the state-sponsored murder of Jesuit priest Fr Rutilio Grande in 1977.[4]

On 15 October 1980 he was appointed apostolic pro-nuncio to Pakistan and served until his appointment as apostolic nuncio to Ireland on 4 February 1989. His arrival in Ireland was greeted warmly coming after the rather austere and conservative Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi. Gerada was the Vatican's man on the ground when Rome attempted to silence Bishop Brendan Comiskey over his views on celibacy [5] but otherwise his time as Nuncio was lived out of the public eye as the full storm over child sexual abuse and episcopal cover-up had yet to occur. Though claims were made that a priest with suspicions about the deviant behaviour of Fr Brendan Smyth did write to Archbishop Gerada.

Gerada retired on 17 October 1995 and died on 21 January 2011.

Gerada was born on the same day as Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II.

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  1. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Archbishop who engineered Church-MLP agreement dies". Times of Malta. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Archbishop who engineered Church-MLP agreement dies". Times of Malta. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ Dada, Carlos (19 May 2015). "The Beatification of Óscar Romero". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Gerada: The Nuncio who clashed with Oscar Romero". MaltaToday.com.mt. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Ireland - from the Tablet Archive". archive.thetablet.co.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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