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The Italian archbishop has done brilliantly as nuncio to Russia and is regarded as a key Vatican insider

Archbishop Antonio Mennini has firmly defended the place of the Orthodox Church in Russian society (Photo: CNS)

But we really don’t know; maybe I’m being guilty of wishful thinking

Archbishop Antonio Mennini, new nuncio to Britain, is pictured with French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray and Fr Aleksadr of the Novosibirsk Russian Orthodox Church (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Mennini is widely credited with improving relations with the Russian Orthodox

Pope Benedict XVI offers a blessing from the window of his apartment (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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