Nuncio Leaving Japan for Hungary

Bishop for Aberdeen, Scotland; Envoy for Caribbean Jubilee

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 2011 ( Archbishop Alberto Bottari de Castello was named the apostolic nuncio to Japan the day before Pope John Paul II died.

Now, six years later, Benedict XVI is moving him to Hungary.

Archbishop Bottari de Castello, 68, is a native of northern Italy. He was ordained a priest in 1966 and has served as nuncio to Gambia, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


On Saturday, the Holy Father appointed Benedictine Father Hugh Gilbert, abbot of Pluscarden Abbey, as the bishop of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Bishop-designate Gilbert, 59, succeeds Bishop Peter Anthony Moran, 76, who has resigned for reasons of age.

Hugh Gilbert was born in 1952 in Emsworth, England, and was ordained a priest in 1982.

The Diocese of Aberdeen has some 18,600 Catholics served by about 50 priests and nearly as many religious.

1st in America

Benedict XVI also appointed Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, the retired archbishop of Seville, Spain, as his special envoy to Aug. 7-8 closing celebrations of a jubilee in the Caribbean.

The jubilee marked the 500th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first ecclesiastical circumscriptions of the Americas: Santo Domingo y La Vega, Dominican Republic, and San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.

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