The Vatican made officially public on November 12 a letter written in Latin and dated October 10 in which Pope Benedict XVI names Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo of Spain as papal envoy to events marking the quincentennial of the arrival of the first Catholic bishop of Puerto Rico. Cardinal Amigo Vallejo is also the archbishop emeritus of Seville, the city from which embarked Spain's conquistadores, missionaries, and other emissaries for nearly 500 years. The first bishop of Puerto Rico, which was once a Spanish colony and is now an American colony, was don Alonso Manso.
Event concluding the celebration of the quincentennial will take place in the city of San Juan on November 19. Cardinal Amigo Vallejo will be accompanied by Monsignor Elias Salvador Morales Rodriguez, who serves as rector of a seminary and as judicial vicar in the Diocese of Ponce, another major city of the island nation. Coming with them will be Msgr. Mario Alberto Guijarro de Corzo, pastor of the parish of the "Martires de Verona" in San Juan.