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H.E. Most Rev. Wm. A. Carew
23 Oct 1922 - 8 May 2012
Archbishop William Aquin
Carew was born in St. John's 23 October 1922, only son of William J. Carew, C.B.E., K.C.S.S., and Mary Channing.
There were three sisters who are all resident in St. John's. Educated at St. Bonaventure's College from 1927 to
1940, and at St. Paul's Seminary of the University of Ottawa, he was ordained to the priesthood 15 June
From 1950 to 1952 he specialised in diplomacy at the
Pontificia Academia Ecclesiastica, the Vatican's diplomatic
college in Rome. Returning to St. John's, Father Carew was Secretary to Archbishop P.J. Skinner during
Returning to Rome, he became an official of the Vatican Secretariat
of State from 1953 to 1969. He was bureau chief of the English language section from 1963 to 1969 and as such
handled all Papal audiences by English-speaking heads of state and government.
Created a Supernumerary Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness in 1955, he
became a Right Reverend Monsignor in 1964. Monsignor Carew accompanied His Holiness Pope Paul VI on his pilgrimage
to the Holy Land in January 1964 and on his visit to Uganda in 1969. He was a member of the Papal Mission to the
tercentenary of the Canadian Hierarchy in Quebec in October 1959 and to the quadricentennial of the evangelisation
of the Philippines in Cebu, April 1965.
On 27 November 1969 he was named titular Archbishop of Telde and
Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda-Burundi in Central Africa. He was consecrated 4 January 1970 in St. Peter's Basilica by
the late Cardinal lldebrando Antoniutti, whom he had served as personal secretary at the Apostolic Delegation in
Ottawa from 1947 to 1950.
Archbishop Carew arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, 28 February 1970 and
served as Nuncio in both republics for four and a half years. In April 1972 he was sent as extraordinary envoy of
His Holiness on a special mission to Bangladesh.
10 May 1974 the Archbishop was named Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem
and Palestine (including Israel and Jordan with residence in Jerusalem), as well as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Cyprus
and Apostolic Visitor to Greece. While in these posts he served as Grand Chancellor of the University of Bethlehem,
Ecclesiastical Superior of the Advanced Theological Studies at Tantur, and of the House of Abraham Hospice in
After nine and a half years as Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and
Palestine (Jordan and Israel) and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Cyprus, he was named Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Japan on 30
August 1983. Archbishop Carew arrived in Tokyo 18 November 1983, and presented Credential Letters to Emperor
Hirohito on 30 November 1983. His Holiness Pope John Paul II went to Japan 24-26 February 1981, visiting Tokyo,
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.