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Msgr. Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano, second from right, with Pope Francis in the crypt in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, 3 October 2020 Msgr. Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano, second from right, with Pope Francis in the crypt in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, 3 October 2020 

Pope names new Permanent Observer of Holy See to OAS

Monsignor Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano has been named as the new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States. Also on Friday, Pope Francis has named Monsignor Mark Gerard Miles as Apostolic Nuncio to Benin.

By Vatican News staff reporter

Pope Francis on Friday appointed Msgr. Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano, nunciature counsellor, as Holy See Permanent Observer at the Organisation of American States (O.A.S.).

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano was born on 29 September 1976 in María, province of Almería, Spain.

He was ordained a priest on 15 September 2001, and incardinated in the diocese of Almería.

He graduated with a degree in Canon Law.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 2004, and served in the pontifical representations in Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Chile, and at the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

He speaks English, Italian, French and German.

Monsignor Mark Miles named Nuncio to Benin

Also on Friday, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Mark Gerard Miles, nunciature counsellor, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Benin, at the same time elevating him to the titular see of Città Ducale, with the dignity of archbishop.

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. Mark Gerard Miles was born on 13 May 1967 in Gibraltar, Great Britain.

He was ordained a priest on 14 September 1996, and incardinated in the diocese of Gibraltar.

He graduated in Canon Law, and was awarded a Licentiate in Theology. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 2003, and served at the pontifical representations in Ecuador and Hungary and in the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

On 31 August 2019, he was appointed as Holy See Permanent Observer at the Organization of American States (O.A.S.).

He knows English, Italian, Spanish and French.

05 February 2021, 13:12