Papal Nuncio In Austria Dies
VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ The papal nuncio in Austria, Archbishop Michele Cecchini, died today of cancer, the Roman Catholic news service Kathpress reported. He was 69.
Cecchini was appointed nuncio in Austria by Pope John Paul II on Dec. 4, 1984, and assumed the post April 11, 1985. A nuncio officially represents the pope and is accredited to a foreign government.
The archbishop was ill during most of his tenure in Austria, a Catholic source told The Associated Press.
The Italian-born Cecchini was ordained in 1944 and entered the Vatican diplomatic service in 1951. In 1969 he was made titular archbishop and sent to Madagascar as a nuncio.
In 1976 he became nuncio in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He later was transferred to Vienna.
Archbishop Hans Hermann Groer of Vienna will officiate at a requiem Mass for Cecchini at St. Stephen’s Cathedral on Saturday, Kathpress said.