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Press Release: Vatican Ambassador to U.N. to Deliver 22nd Annual Rev. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture at DeSales on Tues., Nov. 15
Date: 11/4/2005

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Vatican Ambassador to U.N. to Deliver 22nd Annual Rev. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture at DeSales on Tues., Nov. 15

His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the 22nd Annual Rev. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture at DeSales at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, in Billera Hall. Archbishop Migliore will speak on "Millennium Summit +5: Challenges for Global Governance." The public lecture will include a Q & A session. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For ticket reservations, call (610) 282-4604.

Earlier in the day, Archbishop Migliore will take part in a discussion session with students from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the White Board Room of McShea Center.

Nominated by Pope John Paul II in October 2002, Archbishop Migliore is the fourth person to serve as Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N. The Holy See refers to the supreme authority of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope as Bishop of Rome and head of the college of Bishops. Under international law, it is a legal institution that can enter into treaties as the juridical equal of a State, and to send and receive diplomatic representatives. The Holy See offers orientation and spiritual inspiration that should animate the life of nations and their mutual relationships.

As Permanent Observer to the U.N., the Holy See maintains full diplomatic relations with 174 countries out of the 192 member countries of the U.N. Rather than a full member of the U.N., the Holy See chose the status of Permanent Observer, in order to maintain neutrality in specific political problems. The Holy See also is present at U.N. centers abroad, as well as at other international organizations including the European Community, the Organization of American States and the African Unity.

A native of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy, Archbishop Migliore was born in 1952, and was ordained a priest in 1977. He earned a master's degree in theology at the Center of Theological Studies in Fossano, and a doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He joined the Holy See's diplomatic service in 1980, after graduating from the Pontifical Academy for Ecclesiastical Diplomacy.

From 1980 to 1984, during his first assignment in Angola, he served as attaché and Second Secretary to the Apostolic Delegation of Luanda. Subsequently, he was transferred to the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States where he served as First Secretary and also as Alternate Observer to the Organization of American States.

In 1988, Archbishop Migliore was appointed to the Apostolic Nunciature in Egypt for one year, after which he served as Counselor at the Apostolic Nunciature in Warsaw, Poland. In 1992, he was named Special Envoy with the role of Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

From 1995 to 2002, he served as Under-Secretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State at the Vatican. During his term, he helped foster relations with several Asian countries that do not yet have formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See. As Head of Delegation of the Holy See, he traveled to Beijing, Hanoi and P'yongyang.

The lecture series is named in memory of Father Thomas J. Furphy, O.S.F.S., 1912 - 1982, who distinguished himself as a teacher of "National Problems." His career in education spanned 38 years and began at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, and included the Salesianum School, Villanova University and Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales (now DeSales University). He retired from teaching in 1977, and lived at Wills Hall, the faculty residence at DeSales until his death in 1982.

The theme of the series is "National and International Problems." Past guest speakers have included John Cardinal O'Connor, Jeanne Kirpatrick, William Colby, Abba Eban, Lee A. Iacocca, Antonin Scalia, George F. Will, Vladimir Posner, Jack Kemp, William J. Bennett, Shimon Peres, Louis Freeh, General Barry McCaffrey and William S. Cohen.

For more information, please contact Penny Savakis, director of public relations at DeSales University, at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1477.

Press Release: Vatican Ambassador to U.N. to Deliver 22nd Annual Rev. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture at DeSales on Tues., Nov. 15 | Posted on: 11/4/2005

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