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Archbishop Pietro Sambi dies at 73; Vatican's ambassador to the U.S.
Archbishop Pietro Sambi dies at 73; Vatican's ambassador to the U.S.

As papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi had the formidable job of representing the Vatican at a time of challenge and scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as escorting Pope Benedict XVI on his 2008 American visit. By almost all accounts, he carried out these missions with diplomatic aplomb and Italian charm. Sambi died Wednesday evening at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore of complications from lung surgery he had undergone about two weeks before, the Vatican announced Thursday. He was 73. Since his appointment in December 2005, Sambi had the dual task of being the Vatican's ambassador to the United States, with the status and duties of a...

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