January 8, 2014

Thomas Melady, former U.S. envoy to the Vatican, dies at 86

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(1989) Dr. Thomas Melady was nominated by President Bush to serve as the United States ambassador to the Vatican. For use with RNS-MELADY-OBIT, transmitted on January 8, 2014, RNS file photo courtesy of Seton Hall University

(1989) Dr. Thomas Melady was nominated by President Bush to serve as the United States ambassador to the Vatican. For use with RNS-MELADY-OBIT, transmitted on January 8, 2014, RNS file photo courtesy of Seton Hall University

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(ROME) As U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Thomas Melady he was instrumental in influencing Pope John Paul II's Vatican to recognize Israel as a sovereign state.