Edward Joseph Adams
Apostolic Nuncio emeritus to Great Britain
Adams in 2009
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
AppointedApril 8, 2017
Term endedJanuary 31, 2020
PredecessorAntonio Mennini
SuccessorClaudio Gugerotti
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Scala
OrdinationMay 16, 1970
by John Joseph Cardinal Krol
ConsecrationOctober 23, 1996
by Angelo Cardinal Sodano
RankTitular Archbishop
Personal details
Birth nameEdward Joseph Adams
Born (1944-08-24) August 24, 1944 (age 77)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
Alma mater
MottoIn Cruce Salus (In the Cross is Salvation)
Coat of arms
Styles of
Edward Joseph Adams
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Edward Joseph Adams (born August 24, 1944) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church who has served in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1976. He was the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain from 2017 to 2020.

Early life

Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), on August 24, 1944.[1] After his elementary education in Catholic grammar schools, he attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Villanova University, and Philadelphia's St. Charles Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest on May 16, 1970,[1] by John Joseph Cardinal Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

He graduated from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy with a degree in canon law in 1976.

Diplomatic service

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on March 8, 1976. He held positions in the office of the Secretary of State and in Rwanda, Kenya, Honduras, Ireland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.[1]

Adams was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh and Titular Archbishop of Scala, on August 24, 1996.[1] He was consecrated on October 23 of that year by Angelo Cardinal Sodano, the Papal Secretary of State. His principal co-consecrators were Anthony Joseph Cardinal Bevilacqua and John Patrick Cardinal Foley.

After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Adams was named Nuncio to Zimbabwe on August 22, 2002,[1] and on September 3, 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.[2]

On February 22, 2011, he was appointed papal nuncio to Greece[3] and on April 8, 2017, he was named to replace Archbishop Antonio Mennini as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.[4][5][6] His title referring to "Great Britain" rather than "United Kingdom" reflects the fact that the Nuncio has no role in Northern Ireland, as the Catholic Church in Ireland is administered locally, with their Nuncio based in Dublin. [7]

It was reported in February 2019 that Archbishop Adams received repeated requests to provide information to the UK's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (ICSA). The Nuncio did send a response via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office because that was the appropriate channel.[8] Later, on October 5, 2019, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was quoted by a London-based Catholic international weekly review saying that the Holy See told it (ICSA) that "the domestic laws and internal proceedings of a foreign sovereign entity are not the proper object for a British inquiry".[9]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Nuncio to Great Britain on January 31, 2020.[10]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e nomine, 22.08.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. August 22, 2002. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 03.09.2007" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. September 3, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 22.02.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. February 22, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "American archbishop appointed nuncio to Great Britain". Catholic Herald. April 10, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2017. ... has been appointed the Holy See’s ambassador to Great Britain.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.04.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. April 8, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2018. Il Santo Padre ha nominato Nunzio Apostolico in Gran Bretagna...
  6. ^ Lamb, Christopher (April 8, 2017). "Francis appoints American archbishop as Vatican nuncio to Great Britain". The Tablet. Retrieved June 14, 2018. Archbishop Edward Adams was named to the role which requires him to be the Holy See’s representative to Government authorities in England, Wales and Scotland, while also playing a crucial role in the selection of bishops.
  7. ^ "Diplomatic Mission: Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Archived from the original on June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Bowcott, Owen (February 4, 2019). "Pope's UK envoy fails to respond to requests by child abuse inquiry". The Guardian. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ The Tablet, 5 October 2019 issue, p. 29.
  10. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 31.01.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. January 31, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  11. ^ "Deputy Foreign Minister I. Amanatidis meets with the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See in Greece" (news published at the website of the Embassy of Greece to the Vatican, dated May 17, 2017)[1]
Catholic Church titles Preceded byGeorge Pellas Titular Bishop of Scala Titular Archbishop of ScalaAugust 24, 1996–present Incumbent Diplomatic posts Preceded byAdriano Bernardini Apostolic Nuncio to BangladeshAugust 24, 1996 – August 22, 2002 Succeeded byPaul Tschang In-nam Preceded byPeter Paul Prabhu Apostolic Nuncio to ZimbabweAugust 22, 2002 – September 3, 2007 Succeeded byGeorge Kocherry Preceded byFernando Filoni Apostolic Nuncio to the PhilippinesSeptember 3, 2007 – February 22, 2011 Succeeded byGiuseppe Pinto Preceded byLuigi Gatti Apostolic Nuncio to GreeceFebruary 22, 2011 – April 8, 2017 Succeeded bySavio Tai Fai Hon Preceded byAntonio Mennini Apostolic Nuncio to Great BritainApril 8, 2017 – January 31, 2020 Succeeded byClaudio Gugerotti