Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, titular archbishop of Gunela, as the new apostolic nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Pierre, 70, has served as nuncio to Mexico since 2007 and succeeds Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who has held the post since 2011 and reached the retirement age of 75 in January.
"Please join me in extending best wishes to Archbishop Pierre and a daily remembrance of him in prayer," said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. "This opportunity is also taken to express gratitude to Our Lord for the faithful and dedicated service of Archbishop Viganò, who will be retiring following his five years as Nuncio to the Church in the United States and his many years of ministry to the Church universal throughout the world. May Our Lord watch over and guide both Archbishop Pierre and Archbishop Viganò, especially during this time of transition and always.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the April 12 appointment: “On behalf of my brother bishops in the United States, I extend Archbishop Pierre a heartfelt greeting and my prayerful support as he embarks on his service to our country. A shared closeness with the Church in Mexico already creates a strong fraternal bond between us. With fond affection, allow me to also thank Archbishop Viganò for his selfless contributions to the life of the Church in the United States.”
Christophe Pierre was born January 30, 1946 in Rennes, France. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and has previously served as nuncio to Haiti (1995-1999) and Uganda (1999-2007). An apostolic nuncio is the pope’s personal representative in a country that has full diplomatic relations with the Holy See.