Archbishop Jean Jadot, retired Vatican diplomat and YCS chaplain, dead at 99

posted 24 Jan 2009, 06:13 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 24 Jan 2009, 06:37 ]
Belgian Archbishop Jean Jadot, a YCS chaplain in his youth and later papal representative to the United States, has died aged 99.

He was close to Pope Paul VI who appointed him first as apostolic pro-nuncio to Thailand and apostolic delegate to Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. From May 1971 to 1973 he was apostolic pro-nuncio to Cameroon and Gabon and apostolic delegate to Equatorial Guinea.

 In 1973, Pope Paul made him Apostolic Delegate to the United States where he became a controversial figure with his "liberal" choices for bishops.

Pope Paul asked him "not to be the pope's eyes and ears, but his heart," Archbishop Jadot said in an interview with The London Tablet in 2002.

He ended his career as Pro-President of the Holy See Secretariat for Non-Christians.

SOURCE:  Cleric who shaped U.S. 'pastoral church' dead at 99