Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain
|Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to Great Britain|
|Apostolic Nuncio||Archbishop Edward Adams|
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in England and Wales
The Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain is a diplomatic office of the Holy See in Great Britain. It is headed by the Apostolic Nuncio who has the rank of an ambassador. The office has existed since the parties agreed to exchange representatives at the ambassadorial level in 1982. Before then the interests of the Holy See in Great Britain had been represented by an Apostolic Delegate since 1938, though not granted diplomatic status until 1979. The decision to designate the nuncio to Great Britain rather than the United Kingdom reflected the complex and frequently antagonistic relationship between the Holy See and the British crown since they severed ties in the sixteenth century. British government sources said it had been agreed that the nuncio in London would concern himself with matters in England, Scotland and Wales, while the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, based in Dublin, would have within his purview the entire island of Ireland.
The office of the nunciature is located in London, at 54 Parkside, lying within the Archdiocese of Southwark and overlooking Wimbledon Common. It was the only diplomatic mission in London located south of the river Thames until the United States Embassy opened its embassy in Nine Elms in 2018. The Nuncio to Great Britain is also the papal representative to Gibraltar.
Formal diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See resumed in 1914 and an Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain was established on 21 November 1938. The Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain was promoted to the rank of an Apostolic Nunciature by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
List of office holders
|Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain||21 November 1938||10 November 1953||William Godfrey||Previously, a priest in Liverpool. Left after being appointed Archbishop of Liverpool|
|8 June 1954||16 July 1963||Gerald Patrick Aloysius O'Hara||Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. Died in office|
|4 October 1963||19 April 1969||Igino Eugenio Cardinale||Previously a priest. Left after being appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium|
|26 April 1969||16 July 1973||Domenico Enrici||Previously, Apostolic Delegate to Australia. Left after being appointed an official of the Secretariat of State|
|16 July 1973||22 February 1982||Bruno Bernard Heim||Previously Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Retired|
|Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Great Britain||22 February 1982||July 1985|
|21 January 1986||13 April 1993||Luigi Barbarito||Previously, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Australia. Retired|
|Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain||13 April 1993||31 July 1997|
|31 July 1997||23 October 2004||Pablo Puente Buces||Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait. Retired.|
|11 December 2004||5 December 2010||Faustino Sainz Muñoz||Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to European Community. Retired.|
|18 December 2010||1 March 2017||Antonio Mennini||Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Uzbekistan|
|8 April 2017||Edward Adams||Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Greece|
- List of diplomatic missions of the Holy See
- List of Ambassadors from the United Kingdom to the Holy See
- Holy See–United Kingdom relations
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