Whispers in the Loggia is reporting that Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera is suffering from the final stages of lung cancer. He is reportedly listed in critical condition in a Rome hospital.

The 76 year old former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States retired in December and was succeeded by Archbishop Pietro Sambi.

The Columbian native was ordained a priest in 1953, just days before his 23rd birthday. He was ordained a bishop by Pope Paul VI in 1974. Archbishop Montalvo served as Apostolic Delegate to Lybia, Pro-Nuncio to Algeria, Tunisia, and Yugoslavia and Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua, Honduras, and Belarus before coming to the United States in 1988. He also served as president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

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