Vatican Ambassador Agostino Cacciavillan
Receives Catholic University Medal
November 16, 1998
The president of The Catholic University of America presented the universitys Presidents Medal to Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, the apostolic pro-nuncio to the United States.
In presenting the medal, the Very Rev. David M. OConnell, C.M., praised the pro-nuncio for his dedication to his ambassadors duties and particularly for his frequent visits to Catholic Universitys campus.
"On countless occasions you have been the sign of the Holy Fathers presence on our campus," OConnell said. "We count ourselves doubly blessed insofar as you are not only Pope John Paul IIs 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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