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Pope Appoints Protocol Head of Secretariat of State

Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt

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Pope Francis on February 26, 2018, appointed the Rev. José Avelino Bettencourt, head of Protocol of the Secretariat of State, as titular archbishop of Cittanova, with the office of apostolic nuncio.
Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt
Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt was born in the Azores, Portugal, on May 23, 1962.
He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1993.
He was incardinated in Ottawa, Canada.
He graduated in canon law.
He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on July 1, 1999; he worked for the apostolic nunciature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.
He was appointed as head of Protocol of the Secretariat of State, on November 14, 2012.
He knows English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

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