ROME – A U.S. archbishop who served as apostolic nuncio to Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen died June 29 at the age of 86.
Archbishop Giuseppe De Andrea, who also served at the Vatican’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in New York, died at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital.
Born in northern Italy and ordained to the priesthood there in 1953, Archbishop De Andrea worked in Kenya for two years before moving to the United States in 1958. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and worked in parishes and other institutions there for 20 years.
Following his diplomatic service at the United Nations in the 1980s, he was named to the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers in 1994.
In 2001, St. John Paul II appointed him the apostolic nuncio to Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. The post also included serving as apostolic delegate in Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He retired in 2005.