Apostolic Nunciature to India

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The Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to India is the diplomatic mission of the Holy See to India, similar to an embassy. It is located at 50-C, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro was named Apostolic Nuncio by Pope Francis on 21 January 2017. He was formerly Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia.

The Apostolic Nunciature to India is an ecclesiastical office of the Catholic Church in India, with the rank of ambassador. The nuncio serves both as the ambassador of the Pope (as head of State of Vatican City) to the President of India, and as delegate and point-of-contact between the Catholic hierarchy in India and the Pope (as head of the church). The Apostolic Nuncio to India is also the Apostolic Nuncio to Nepal.


The diplomatic mission was established as the Apostolic Delegation to the East Indies in 1881, and included Ceylon, and was extended to Malaca in 1889, and then to Burma in 1920, and eventually included Goa in 1923. It was raised to an Internunciature by Pope Pius XII on 12 June 1948 and to a full Apostolic Nunciature by Pope Paul VI on 22 August 1967. Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) was detached in 1967, and Burma (now Myanmar) in 1973 (Malaca, as part of modern Malaysia, being detached in 1957).

List of Papal representatives[edit]

The following have been Papal representatives to India:

Apostolic Delegates[edit]

Apostolic Internuncios[edit]

Apostolic Pro-Nuncios[edit]

Apostolic Nuncios[edit]

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