Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich Officially Begins Her Term

Gingrich succeeds Kenneth Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, who served as ambassador to the Holy See during Barack Obama’s second term as president.
Callista Gingrich presents her credentials to Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace Dec. 22.
Callista Gingrich presents her credentials to Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace Dec. 22.

 

VATICAN CITY  — Newly-appointed American Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, presented her letters of credential to Pope Francis in a meeting Friday morning, officially marking the beginning of her duties.

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Gingrich to serve as the 11th ambassador to the Vatican in May, and she was approved Oct. 16 by the U.S. Senate, in a vote 70-23.

She succeeds Kenneth Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, who served as ambassador to the Holy See during Barack Obama’s second term as president.

Gingrich arrived in Rome with husband Newt Gingrich Nov. 6. Since arriving, she has participated in several events around Rome, including the North American College Thanksgiving dinner and a charity event hosted by St. Patrick’s American Community.

Callista Gingrich is the president of both Gingrich Productions in Arlington, Va. and the charitable non-profit Gingrich Foundation, and is a former Congressional aide.

She is also a long-time member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Newt and Callista married in 2000, after having a six-year affair while Newt was married to his previous wife. Newt converted to Catholicism in 2009 and explained, in a reflection for the Register how Callista’s witness as a Catholic brought him toward the faith.

He noted that he had attended Masses at the National Shrine where Callista sang in the choir, and she “created an environment where I could gradually think and evolve on the issue of faith.”

At the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2011, he also cited Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 visit to the U.S. as a “moment of confirmation” for him. At Vespers with the Pope, where Callista sang in the Shrine choir, Newt recalled thinking that “here is where I belong.”

The couple worked on a documentary together that was released in 2010, Nine Days That Changed the World, that focused on Pope St. John Paul II’s 1979 pilgrimage to Poland when the former Soviet bloc country was under a communist government.

The documentary explained how the Pope invigorated the faith of the Polish people in Jesus Christ during his pilgrimage there, and how the visit precipitated the fall of communism.

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3 comments on “Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich Officially Begins Her Term

  1. While amabassadors to sunny Nuovo Roma are about as useful or significant these days as a wee squeak of flatulence in a cyclone, oughtn’t their qualifications at least include some demonstrable indication of integrity, some tiny sign of what once was known in polite circles as “civic virtue?”
    /
    Being party to serial adultery may no longer be a “big deal” in Conciliar World, but flaunting such a gross moral deficit while popping in and out of the Motel 6 on official matters, or, worse, ambling about in proximity to many of the most Holy Altars and Relics in all Christendom does give off a certain odor.

    • What Callista and Newt did during their premarital affair (and thus her fornication and his adultery – the second time for him in such a situation), they did in DC and not in Rome, where (after he went through the US annulment mill for the putation – as in putative – of his first two marriages) they are now a respectably married Catholic couple.

  2. PRE-CONCILIAR:
    Ratum et consummatum nunc et in semper…
    /
    “Until death do Ye part…”
    ———————

    POST-CONCILIAR

    “Like, what-EV-errrrrr, dude.”

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