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Vatican Ambassador Agostino Cacciavillan
Receives Catholic University Medal

November 16, 1998


The president of The Catholic University of America presented the university’s President’s Medal to Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, the apostolic pro-nuncio to the United States.

In presenting the medal, the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., praised the pro-nuncio for his dedication to his ambassador’s duties and particularly for his frequent visits to Catholic University’s campus.

"On countless occasions you have been the sign of the Holy Father’s presence on our campus," O’Connell said. "We count ourselves doubly blessed insofar as you are not only Pope John Paul II’s representative as the Apostolic pro-nuncio and Vatican ambassador to the United States but you are also our neighbor here in Washington and our very dear friend."

The medal was presented at a dinner on the Washington, D.C., campus honoring the bishops of the United States, who in 1887 established Catholic University as the national university of the Catholic Church.

Cacciavillan, 72, the second Vatican ambassador to the United States, will soon return to Rome to become president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See.

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