By Peter Kearney
Reacting to the recent announcement that Pope Francis had appointed His Excellency Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said:
“I offer a warm welcome to Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and look forward to welcoming him to Scotland in due course. I can assure him of the promise of our prayers as he takes up his important post.”
Archbishop Buendía, who succeeds Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, was named prefect of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches on 21 November 2022. He was previously Apostolic Nuncio to Romania in 2015, and to the Republic of Moldova in 2016, prior to which he was Apostolic Nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistanfrom 2008.
He entered the Holy See’s diplomatic service in July 1987, serving in diplomatic missions in several countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Morocco, Nicaragua, Egypt, Slovenia and Ireland.
Archbishop Buendía was born in Madrid on 19 November 1955, he studied philosophy and theology at the Conciliar Seminary of Madrid before being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese on 26 June 1980.
West Dunbartonshire is part of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and covers from Clydebank, to Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh, Rosneath Peninsula, Lomond and Arrochar.