Apostolic Nunciature to France

Façade of the Apostolic Nunciature to the French Republic

The Apostolic Nunciature to France is an ecclesiastical office of the Catholic Church in France. It is a diplomatic post of the Holy See, whose representative is called the Apostolic Nuncio with the rank of an ambassador.

History of the NunciatureEdit

The early twentieth century was a very difficult time in France-Vatican relations because of tensions over Church-State separation (laïcité) and anticlericalism, which were condemned by Pius X, and which led to the freezing of relations.

However, relations were renewed after the First World War and had very much improved, after the Second World War, under the presidency of Charles de Gaulle. There was controversy over relations under the Vichy regime, because the regime rewarded the Church even though some bishops sometimes opposed antisemitism.

Relations with the Sarkozy government were relatively good, given the fact that the government has announced an end to the ban on recognition of higher Christian institutions.

On 30 September 2019, it was revealed that then nuncio Luigi Ventura, who has been under investigation for sex abuse, was no longer living in France and now resides in Rome, Italy.[1] On December 17, 2019, Pope Francis accepted Ventura's resignation, which he submitted upon turning 75 on December 9.[2] On January 11, 2020, Pope Francis appointed recent Russian nuncio Celestino Migliore nuncio to France.[3][4]

Apostolic Nuncios to FranceEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lesegretain, Claire (30 September 2019). "Papal nuncio to France accused of sexual assault back in Rome". La Croix International. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/accused-nuncio-to-france-resigns-post-25730
  3. ^ https://www.religiondigital.org/mundo/Celestino-Migliore-Nuncio-Apostolico-Francia-Rusia-ONU-Papa_0_2194280573.html
  4. ^ https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/597227-pope-appoints-new-envoy-to-france-after-abuse-claims
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XLV. 1953. p. 255. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LII. 1960. p. 837. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 02.06.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.09.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 17.12.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 17 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 11.01.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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Coordinates: 48°51′55″N 2°17′57″E / 48.86528°N 2.29917°E / 48.86528; 2.29917