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September 28, 2006


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the homilist for a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of Archbishop James P. Green as Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland and as Apostolic Delegate to Botswana. Archbishop Green will be the celebrant of the Mass which will be attended by three Cardinals, thirteen bishops and approximately 90 priests.

Cardinal Rigali announced Archbishop Green's appointment by the Holy Father on August 17, 2006. Archbishop Green is a native of Northeast Philadelphia who graduated from Saint Timothy Parish Elementary School, Father Judge High School for Boys and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He has been in the service of the Holy See since 1987. He has had assignments in Korea, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Spain, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea. Since 2003 he has been serving in the Secretariat of State of the Vatican.

Archbishop Green was ordained to the Episcopacy on September 6, 2006 at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Cardinal Rigali was one of the co-consecrators at the Ordination. Archbishop Green is returning to Philadelphia for the Mass of Thanksgiving.

4:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Students representing Archbishop Green's alma maters in Philadelphia will play a role in the Mass. Saint Timothy Parish School students will form an honor guard, students from Father Judge High School for Boys will carry flags in the Procession, and seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will provide the music. In addition, thirteen priest classmates of Archbishop Green's from Saint Charles Seminary will concelebrate the Mass.

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Editor's Note: There will be no mult-box for the Mass. Crews are welcome to cover. Please park on Race Street or 18th Street.

Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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