Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain

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Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to Great Britain
Location Wimbledon, London
Address 54 Parkside, London, SW19 5NE
Apostolic Nuncio Antonio Mennini

The Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain is an ecclesiastical office of the Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain.[1] It is a diplomatic post of the Holy See, whose representative is called the Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's with the rank of an ambassador.[2] The office of the nunciature is located in London, lying within the Archdiocese of Southwark and overlooking Wimbledon Common. It is notable for being the only diplomatic mission in London located south of the river Thames. The Nuncio to Great Britain is also the papal representative to Gibraltar.[3]

Formal diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See began in 1914 and an Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain was established on 21 November 1938.[4] The Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain was promoted to the rank of an Apostolic Nunciature by Pope John Paul II in 1982.[5]

The current Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain is His Most Reverend Excellency Antonio Mennini, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 December 2010.

List of Apostolic Delegates, Pro-Nuncios, and Nuncios to the United Kingdom[edit]

Apostolic Delegates to the United Kingdom
Apostolic Pro-Nuncios to the United Kingdom
  • Bruno Bernard Heim (appointed on 22 February 1982 – resigned in July 1985)
  • Luigi Barbarito (appointed on 21 January 1986 – became Apostolic Nuncio on 13 April 1993)
Apostolic Nuncios to the United Kingdom

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The London Diplomatic List". 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Matthew Bunson (2008). Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac 2009. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-59276-441-9. 
  4. ^ Nunciature to Great Britain at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 June 2013.
  5. ^ Nunciature to Great Britain at GCatholic.org. Retrieved on 11 June 2013.

Coordinates: 51°26′10″N 0°13′26″W / 51.4361°N 0.2239°W / 51.4361; -0.2239