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Fernando Filoni, new prefect for Evangelization of Peoples

The pope had decided to promote him. Archbishop Filoni is now the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It?s a job that will put him in charge of almost a third of the world?s diocese, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Archbishop is 65 years old. During Saddam Hussein?s last years, he served as a nuncio in Iraq. He was the only diplomat who didn?t leave the country during the war. He worked as a diplomat in Iran, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the Philippines and he also speaks five languages. Before working in the Vatican?s diplomatic service, he served as a priest in southern Italy for ten years. JMB/KLH - JM BN