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Vatican’s Ambassador to the U.S. Visits Our Diocese

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, visited our diocese for the Texas-Mexico Border Bishops conference Feb. 13-15 in San Juan. 

A nuncio is a Vatican diplomat with the rank of ambassador. He is responsible for diplomatic relations with other national governments, but also serves as the pope’s representative to the church in a given country, which includes responsibility for coordinating the search for and vetting of candidates to become bishops.

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Pierre to be the apostolic nuncio to the United States on April 12, 2016. He had been the papal representative in Mexico since 2007.

Archbishop Pierre celebrated Mass Feb. 14 at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine. 

Visit our Facebook page for photos and video from the Mass and a news conference that was held afterwards. 

During his visit, the nuncio also visited the humanitarian respite center and an ICE detention center in McAllen. 

A native of Rennes, France, Archbishop Pierre, 71, entered diplomatic service for the Vatican in 1977, with his first post in Wellington, New Zealand. He then served in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Brazil and at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.

In July 1995, St. John Paul II named him an archbishop and appointed him as apostolic nuncio to Haiti. He served there until 1999, and then was named nuncio to Uganda, where he stayed until 2007, when he was named nuncio to Mexico.

Since 1986, the bishops of U.S. and Mexican dioceses along the border have met twice a year to discuss issues of mutual concern such as immigration matters and border violence.


Story by The Valley Catholic, with information from Catholic News Service