On July 6, Saxum received a special visit from Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli. Archbishop Girelli is the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine. The Nuncio is the diplomatic representative of the Holy See and serves as the liaison between the Holy See and the Church in that particular nation.
Archbishop Girelli had previously served as Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and Singapore, as well as being Papal Representative to Vietnam. In 2017, he was appointed Nuncio for this region. He replaced Archbishop Lazzarotto, who also visited Saxum in 2017, when the Visitor Center was not yet completed.
During his visit to Saxum, Archbishop Girelli had a multimedia tour of the Visitor Center and viewed the starting point for the Emmaus Trail.