Observer to Council of Europe Named

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 8, 2008 ( Benedict XVI named Monsignor Aldo Giordano, the secretary of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences, as the permanent observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe.

Monsignor Giordano will begin his new assignment Sept. 1 at the council's headquarters in Strasbourg, France.

Aldo Giordano was born in Cuneo, Italy, in 1954. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cuneo in 1979.

He undertook theological studies at the interdiocesan seminary in Fossano, Italy, and specialized in philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

From 1982 to 1995 he taught philosophy at the seminary in Fossano. His area of expertise is in ethics and contemporary philosophy.

He was named secretary of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences in 1995.