Edward Joseph Adams
|Apostolic Nuncio emeritus to Great Britain|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||April 8, 2017|
|Term ended||January 31, 2020|
|Other post(s)||Titular Archbishop of Scala|
|Ordination||May 16, 1970|
by John Joseph Cardinal Krol
|Consecration||October 23, 1996|
by Angelo Cardinal Sodano
|Birth name||Edward Joseph Adams|
|Born||August 24, 1944|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
|Motto||In Cruce Salus (In the Cross is Salvation)|
|Coat of arms|
Edward Joseph Adams
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
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.
Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), on August 24, 1944. 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, by John Joseph Cardinal Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
He graduated from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy with a degree in canon law in 1976.
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.
Adams was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh and Titular Archbishop of Scala, on August 24, 1996. 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, and on September 3, 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.
On February 22, 2011, he was appointed papal nuncio to Greece and on April 8, 2017, he was named to replace Archbishop Antonio Mennini as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. 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. 
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. 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".
Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Nuncio to Great Britain on January 31, 2020.
... has been appointed the Holy See’s ambassador to Great Britain.
Il Santo Padre ha nominato Nunzio Apostolico in Gran Bretagna...
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.