Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq

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The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq is the representative of the Holy See in Iraq. He is appointed by the Pope and represents all Catholics in the country, both Latin Rite and Eastern Catholic. Since 1966 the government of Iraq has had full diplomatic relations with the Holy See and as such the papal representative is titled Nuncio. During the 2003 Iraq War, the Holy See was the only sovereign state to keep its ambassador in Iraq.

Apostolic Delegates and Nuncios[edit]

  • Henri-Marie Amanton † (10 Mar 1857 - 27 Mar 1865 )
  • Eugène-Louis-Marie Lion † (13 Mar 1874 - 8 Aug 1883 Died)
  • Henri-Victor Altamayer, O.P. † (27 Mar 1884 - 28 Aug 1902 )
  • Désiré-Jean Drure, O.C.D. † (5 Mar 1904 - 27 May 1917 )

Kingdom of Iraq[edit]

  • François de Berré, O.P. † (19 Sep 1922 - 4 May 1929)
  • Antonin-Fernand Drapier, O.P. † (23 Nov 1929 - 19 Nov 1936)
  • Georges-Marie-Joseph-Hubert-Ghislain de Jonghe d’Ardoye, M.E.P. † (16 Oct 1938 - 6 Jul 1947)
  • Armand-Etienne M. Blanquet du Chayla, O.C.D. † (20 Nov 1948 - 17 Sep 1964 )

Republic of Iraq[edit]

  • Paul-Marie-Maurice Perrin † (31 Jul 1965 - 16 Jan 1970)
  • Paolo Mosconi † (11 Apr 1970 - May 1971)
  • Jean-Édouard-Lucien Rupp † (8 May 1971 - 1978)
  • Antonio del Giudice † (22 Dec 1978 - 20 Aug 1982)
  • Luigi Conti (19 Nov 1983 - 17 Jan 1987)
  • Marian Oles † (28 Nov 1987 - 9 Apr 1994)
  • Giuseppe Lazzarotto (23 Jul 1994 - 11 Nov 2000)
  • Fernando Filoni (17 Jan 2001 - 25 Feb 2006)
  • Francis Chullikatt (29 Apr 2006 - 17 Jul 2010)
  • Giorgio Lingua (4 Sept 2010 - present)