On June 3, the day the Vatican celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis appointed Filipino Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana as Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine.
The prelate has represented the Holy See on four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Now, Pope Francis is calling him to carry out an important mission in the Holy Land. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines)
Prior to this appointment, 73-year-old Archbishop Yllana had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. He succeeds Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India last March.
Who is Archbishop Yllana?
Born on 6 February 1948 in Naga City, Philippines, Adolfo Tito Yllana was ordained a priest on 19 March 1972. He graduated as Doctor juris utriusque (Doctor of Both Laws) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
In 1984, after completing his studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy, Yllana entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, serving successively at Pontifical Representations in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary, and Taiwan. (Read: Cardinal Advincula’s ‘Red Hat’ Ceremony Moved to June 8)
In December 2001, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and consecrated him Bishop on 6 January 2002 in St. Peter’s Basilica (titular archbishop of Montecorvino). Subsequently, he entrusted him with the leadership of the nunciature in the Solomon Islands.
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Yllana as Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan. After four years, in 2010, he was reassigned as Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010. He served the country until February 2015, when Pope Francis appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. (Read: Meet 3 Filipinos Who Work in the Vatican)