Charles Daniel Balvo
Charles Daniel Balvo
|Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic|
Titular Archbishop of Castello
|Appointed||September 21, 2018|
|Ordination||June 6, 1976|
by Leo Thomas Maher
|Consecration||June 29, 2005|
by Edward Egan
|Born||June 29, 1951|
Brooklyn, New York
|Previous post||Apostolic Nuncio to: |
|Alma mater||Pontifical Gregorian University, Catholic University of America|
Charles Daniel Balvo
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||His Excellency|
A native of Brooklyn, Balvo grew up in Suffern, New York, where he graduated from Sacred Heart School. He studied at Cathedral College, both in Manhattan and in Queens.
He studied for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome, obtained a baccalaureate in sacred theology and a licentiate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He then pursued his studies in canon law and obtained his licentiate at the Catholic University of America and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Balvo has been a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps since 1987. He served in the apostolic nunciatures in Lithuania, Jordan, the Czech Republic and Ghana.
On April 1, 2005 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Castello and Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Palau and Vanuatu. He received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Egan on June 29, 2005. Samoa was added to his responsibilities in 2006 and Nauru in 2007.
He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya on 17 January 2013, as well as Permanent Observer to United Nations Organizations for the Environment and Human Settlements (UNEP and UN-Habitat). After Kenyan Cardinal John Njue denounced US President Barack Obama's call for Kenya to protect LGBT rights, Balvo told an audience of Kenyan Catholics that "The homosexuals should be defended against violation of their dignity and human rights, they are human beings like anyone of us".
Archbishop Balvo, speaking on the crisis in South Sudan said civil society needs to be involved not just in negotiations on the government level but “should be actively involved always.” Speaking to CISA news agency February 17, he said civil society and the Church have already asked the warring factions to lay down their arms and work out their differences, adding that in the end it is the people who are suffering. "In a country that has a lot of resources, it will not be easy to develop them unless there is peace," he said. He said the Church was doing much to help people through promotion of their welfare and would continue to ensure that peace prevails in the nation. "It is very hard to promote and create a society with generations of people that all they have known is violence," he said.
- Francis Njuguna (April 18, 2013). "New York-born Archbishop Balvo Begins Term as Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya". Catholic New York. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 01.04.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. April 1, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 01.04.2006" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. April 1, 2006. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.01.2007" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. January 30, 2007. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 17.01.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
- Olick, Felix (29 June 2013). "Adam and Eve was no mistake, Cardinal Njue tells US President Obama". Standard Digital. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
- "Pope's envoy champions gays and lebians rights". The Star. July 1, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 21.12.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Nuncio to South Sudan Proposes a Path to Peace". Zenit. February 20, 2014.
- "Rinunce e nomine, 21.09.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
|New title|| Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan
2013 – 2018
| Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic
2018 – present