Maltese Archbishop Paul Giglio, a long-serving Vatican diplomat, has passed away aged 89, the Curia said today.

Born in 1927, be was ordained bishop in 1986 and served as secretary, apostolic nunciature, Nicaragua (1958-59), Argentina (1960-62), Iran (1963-65); auditor, apostolic delegation in Saigon, South Vietnam (1966-68), Yugoslavia (1969-70); counsellor, apostolic delegation, USA (1971-72); counsellor, apostolic nunciature, Brazil (1973-75); counsellor and deputy head of mission, apostolic nunciature, France (1976-77); and chargé d’affaires, apostolic nunciature, Taiwan (1978-86).

He retired from the diplomatic service in 2002.

His funeral mass will be held on Wednesday at 9.15am at St John's Co-Cathedral. 

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