Meet the new nuncio: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

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Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 70, to be the new nuncio to the United States.

In his most recent position, the Italian archbishop had served for two years as secretary general of the commission governing Vatican City. He succeeds the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington.

Just minutes after his assignment was announced Oct. 19, Archbishop Vigano told Catholic News Service he hoped to get to the United States in time for the U.S. bishops’ general assembly Nov. 14-16.

The archbishop said being nuncio in the United States is an “important, vast and delicate” task; he said he was grateful to Pope Benedict for entrusting him with the mission and he felt called to renew his “trust in the Lord, who asks me to set out again” to a new country.

Being a nuncio, he said, is “a call to know this people, this country and come to love them.”

“For me to take the place of someone who was so loved, so committed, makes it an even greater challenge,” he said.

Archbishop Vigano said he knew a U.S. presidential election is coming up, but before saying anything “I need to hear from the bishops and learn from them. The election is important for the country and for the whole world.”

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  1. “While at the commission governing Vatican City, Archbishop Vigano earned a reputation as a careful administrator, skilled at cutting costs and improving the efficiency of an office that oversees the care of Vatican buildings, as well as the Vatican post office, police force and the Vatican Museums.”

    perhaps a role model?

  2. By his picture he looks like a guy you don’t want to get ticked off.

  3. Looks like a happy fellow…

    All kidding aside– May God bless him in his new role!

  4. He probably is a nice guy, but he needs to change photographers!

  5. Just heard that this choice was pushed hard by Cardinal Raymond Burke who is a close friend and it also brings back former nuncio to Rome who is also a very strong supporter of Cardinal Burke. It appears that Cardinal Burke is ever increasing his power in both Rome and the US.

  6. Deacon Killoren says:

    While he stressed the importance of connecting with the bishops of the U.S., I hope he also intends to connect with ordinary Catholics. BTW how does one contact a nuncio? How does one recommend a priest or monsignor for elevation to bishop?

  7. Dear Deacon Killoren:
    I. To Answer Your Question: How to Contact the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.?
    The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, since October 2011 is H.E. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Archbishop Vigano may be contacted by writing or calling the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States & The Organization of American States (OAS), which is located at the address and telephone number listed below.
    Mailing Address: 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W, Washington, DC, 20008
    Telephone: (202) 333-7121
    Fax: 337-4036
    E-mail Address:
    **For additional information please see the list of Pontifical Diplomatic Representatives listed in the 2012 Edition of the Annuario Pontificio,
    (the Annual Yearbook of the Holy See), published annually by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, or see the U.S. Department of State Background Factsheet on
    The Holy See at: (This document is not up to date as it is dated March 8, 2011 and there have been changes since March 2011. The President of the Vatican City State Commission is no longer Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo. Since October 2011, the President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State is Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello (69) Titular Archbishop of Urbisaglia, and the Secretary General changed as well. In September 2011, Secretary General Archbishop Giuseppe Sciacca (56) replaced Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Secretary General of the Vatican City State Commission, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United States in September 2011.

    II. To Answer Your Question: How to Recommend a Priest or Monsignor for Elevation to Bishop?
    To recommend a priest or monsignor for elevation to bishop you may send a letter to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops [located on the Vatican website at [] or write a letter to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops and ask the Apostolic Nunciature listed above to forward it to the Vatican. If for some reason you do not want to send your letter directly to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops in Rome yourself, or via the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington DC, you may also write a letter to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops and send it to them via the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations (it handles the “life and mission of bishops”) asking the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Vocations & Consecrated Life to forward your letter to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. For the contact information for the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations please see the website of the USCCB at

    III. You may find the following article of interest from July 2010 Regarding the New Head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops.
    Cardinal Ouellet appointed as head of Vatican Congregation for Bishops
    Catholic News Agency (
    Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada since 2002
    For Article See:

    I hope you and other readers find this information helpful.
    Submitted on January 18, 2012.
    The President, The Institute on Vatican Law & Diplomacy

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