Callista Gingrich front-running nominee for ambassador to Vatican City

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Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich, is poised to be nominated as the next ambassador to the Vatican City. According to a white house official, she has already been chosen, but the nomination is still pending approval from the Office of Government Ethics. The OGE, however, says that it cleared Gingrich April 7th and that they are only waiting on a formal nomination from the White House.

Gingrich is a devout Catholic, and said  in a 2011 interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, “I start each day with a prayer, and pray throughout the day, because I am grateful for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us.” She is the third wife of the former Speaker of the House, and is credited with bringing him to Catholicism. Gingrich’s husband closely supported President Trump’s campaign, but expressed no interest in being in the cabinet, saying he preferred a “senior planning position.” He said he would be very happy for his wife, should she be offered the position of ambassador.

Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis in Rome on May 24. The White House is hoping to have Callista Gingrich’s nomination confirmed by then, possibly as soon as by the end of this week.

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David Allen
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David Allen

Doesn't the Holy See also have to receive an ambassador, as every other country does? It's hard to believe that folks at the Vatican won't have something to say about her 6-year affair with Newt while he was married to wife number 2. Or that she married him, twice divorced, before he was granted an annulment from the Catholic Church for the second marriage?

Lucky that it's but a figurehead posting. Vatican City isn't this great ally upon whom the US depends for anything!

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

One good thing might possibly come of this. If he moves to Rome with his wife, Newt will be thousands of miles away from the USA.

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Jim Jordan
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Jim Jordan

Don't think it is a figurehead job. The Pope has great influence throughout the world. Pope Francis can help us when our values and foreign policies align with the Vatican's. Or, the Vatican can inhibit the efficacy of our foreign policies if they are contrary to the Vatican's. Pope Francis and Mr. Trump often seem to be promoting very different policies, and the new Ambassador will have to use well honed diplomatic skills to ensure our national security interests are respected.

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David Curtis
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David Curtis

If he were still alive, Wojciech Jaruzelski may disagree that the pope does not have sway over world leaders. 🙂

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David Allen
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David Allen

I disagree that the Pope has great influence. He rings well with some of the populace, but he has very little sway over world leaders.

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