June 15, 2010.
Benedict XVI met with the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, or the 36 students of the Vatican's diplomatic school, and the nuns who care for them. The school educates the Pope's representatives throughout the world: Nuncios, Permanent Observers and Apostolic Delegates.
Msgr. Beniamino Stella
President of Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
“Some of our students are already working in other countries, and others are finishing their studies in June and awaiting their mission destinations in apostolic nunciatures throughout the world.”
Benedict XVI explained that their work will be to serve others and will consist of relaying the Vatican's instructions to individual churches.
“Representing the Roman Pontiff means having the ability to be a strong bridge, a secure communication channel between individual Churches and the Holy See.”
The Pope reminded students that being the Vatican's representatives to the world can be demanding and arduous work, but that it is “another way to fully perform priestly works.”