Gabriel Montalvo Higuera

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Gabriel Montalvo Higuera (born January 27, 1930 in Bogotá , Colombia , † August 2, 2006 in Rome , Italy ) was an Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church and diplomat of the Holy See .


After studying Catholic theology , Gabriel Montalvo Higuera received the sacrament of ordination on January 18, 1953 .

Pope Paul VI appointed him on June 14, 1974 Titular Archbishop of Celene and Apostolic Nuncio in Honduras and Nicaragua . The Pope personally donated his episcopal ordination on June 30 of the same year; Co-consecrators were the Curia Archbishops Giovanni Benelli and Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy . On March 18, 1980, Pope John Paul II called him Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Algeria and Tunisia and Apostolic Envoy in Libya . The office of Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Yugoslavia was transferred to Montalvo on June 12, 1986. On April 17, 1993 he took over the leadership of the Apostolic Nunciature for Belarus . The last station of his diplomatic career in the service of the Holy See took him to the United States on December 7, 1998 , where he was Apostolic Nuncio and permanent observer at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC until his retirement on December 17, 2005 worked.

From April 29, 1993 to December 7, 1998 Montalvo was also President of the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy .

Archbishop Montalvo died on August 2, 2006 in Rome of lung cancer , which he had suffered from before his retirement.

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predecessor Office successor
Karl-Josef Rauber President of the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy
Georg Zur