The Eternal Word Television Network sadly announces the death
of Italian Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Vatican Nuncio to the U.S., at age 73
from complications following lung surgery.
1964 Ordained Priest
1965 Appointed Titular Priest of Bellicastrum
1985 Appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Indonesia
1991 Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus
1998 Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Israel
1998 Appointed Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine
2005 Appointed Nuncio to United States of America
God our Father,
may your servant, Pietro, who was a bishop
rejoice in the fellowship of the successors of the apostles
whose office he shared in this life. May he enjoy the reward
of all his work and share the eternal joy of his Lord.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
The Life of Archbishop Pietro Sambi
Italian Archbishop Pietro Sambi, appointed Vatican Nuncio to the
United States by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, died July 27th at Johns
Hopkins Medical Center. Born in Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy in 1938,
Archbisop Sambi was ordained to the priesthood in 1964, and served as
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Burundi, Indonesia, and Cyprus.
He became the
Vatican's second ambassador to Israel, following the establishment of
diplomatic relations with that country in 1994. He was greatly beloved
as a papal diplomat, and radiated warmth and a true kinship with the
people to whom he brought a living faith in the Risen Lord. Speaking
about Archbishop Sambi's role as the personal representative of the Holy
Father, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, President of the USCCB, said that
Archbishop Sambi possessed "both a keen sense of diplomacy cultivated
through many years of service in the Vatican diplomatic corps,
especially in Israel, and a pastoral sensitivity cultivated through his
many years as a faithful and devoted priest. Those who met or listened
to archbishop Sambi understood that at the heart of all he did was this
love of the priesthood and of Christ the Good Shepherd."