Callista Gingrich to be nominated as Vatican ambassador

Claudine Rigal
Mai 16, 2017

President Trump will reportedly name Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as US ambassador to the Holy See, before the president's meeting with Pope Francis later this month.

CNN reported, citing an unnamed administration official, that Trump's administration hopes to announce the nomination before Trump meets with Pope Francis in Rome next week. The administration is waiting for approval from the Office of Government Ethics before making a formal announcement.

She and her husband have known Trump for several years, and Newt Gingrich served as an adviser to Trump's campaign.

Callista Gingrich has not commented on the reports. Along with her husband, she produced the documentary "Nine Days That Changed The World", about St. Pope John Paul II's visit to Poland in 1979.

Some like John Schlageter, executive director of the Bethlehem University Foundation in Washington, hailed the choice.

Trump is slated to depart Friday for a tour overseas, which will include a meeting with Pope Francis in Rome on May 24.

"She also loves the church and the United States", he told Catholic News Service May 15.

Gingrich admitted having a six-year affair with Callista, then an aide to another Republican representative, during his second marriage, his second wife Marianne told ABC during his 2012 presidential run.

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has been without an ambassador since the term of the former envoy, Ken Hackett, ended in January 2017. She is Gingrich's third wife, and influenced Newt's conversion to the Catholic faith.

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