Prior to this appointment, 73-year-old Archbishop Yilana had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia since February 2015. He succeeds Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India last March.
The prelate has represented the Holy See on four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Born on 6 February 1948 in Naga City, Philippines, Adolfo Tito Yllana was ordained a priest on 19 March 1972.
He graduated as Doctor juris utriusque (Doctor of Both Laws) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. After completing his studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy, in 1984 he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, serving successively at Pontifical Representations in Ghana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Hungary and Taiwan.
In December 2001, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and consecrated him Bishop on 6 January 2002 in St. Peter’s Basilica (titular archbishop of Montecorvino).
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