Last September, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Other and ordained a Bishop on October 4 with the title of Titular Archbishop of Mesembria.
Archbishop Rudelli holds a doctorate in Moral Theology and a Licentiate in Canon Law.
The Prelate speaks his native language Italian, English, French, Spanish and Polish.
He will be representing the Holy Father in Zimbabwe, a country with an estimated Catholic population of one million people spread across eight ecclesiastical sees with 12 Prelates, inclusive of retired ones.
The country’s Bishops under their umbrella body Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) have been on the frontline calling for better governance in the Southern Africa nation, which is weighed down by protracted political and economic challenges.
The country’s farmers are dealing with a severe drought and hunger crisis. In this regard, the humanitarian arm of the U.S. Bishops, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has estimated that close to 7 million people are affected.
Last October, the Catholic Bishops, together with other Christian leaders, called for a seven-year political fast from politics, in a bid, they explained, to rebuild trust and confidence among Zimbabweans.
In December 2019, the Bishops issued a pastoral letter decrying a leadership crisis in their landlocked country. They also called for a comprehensive national dialogue to sort out the leadership crisis and nurture inclinations toward the “common good.”
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