Charles Daniel Balvo

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His Excellency
Charles Daniel Balvo
Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya
Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan
Titular Archbishop of Castello
Appointed January 17, 2013
(as nuncio to the Kenya)
December 21, 2013
(as nuncio to the South Sudan)
Ordination June 6, 1976
by Leo Thomas Maher
Consecration June 29, 2005
by Edward Egan
Personal details
Born (1951-06-29) June 29, 1951 (age 66)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
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Apostolic Nuncio to Marshall Islands (2005–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Federated States of Micronesia (2005–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Vanuatu(2005–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Tonga (2005–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Kirbata (2005–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Palau (2005–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Cook Islands (2006–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Samoa (2006–2013)
Apostolic Nuncio to Nauru (2006–2013)
Alma mater Pontifical Gregorian University, Catholic University of America
Styles of
Charles Daniel Balvo
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Reference style The Most Reverend
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Religious style Archbishop

Charles Daniel Balvo (born 29 June 1951, Brooklyn, New York, United States) is an archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church currently serving as the Apostolic nuncio to Kenya and Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan.[1][2]


A native of Brooklyn, Archbishop Balvo grew up in Suffern, 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.

Archbishop Balvo has been a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps since 1987. He previously served in the apostolic nunciatures in Lithuania, Jordan, the Czech Republic and Ghana.[3]

He served at Sacred Heart parish, Newburgh, 1976–1981, and then at St. John the Evangelist, Mahopac, for a year. On 1 April 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, Nauru, Western Samoa, Tonga, Palau and Vanuatu. Balvo was consecrated by Cardinal Egan at a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on June 29, 2005.[3]

He was appointed nuncio to Kenya on 17 January 2013 and on 21 December 2013 was appointed as the first apostolic nuncio to South Sudan.

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 Feb. 17, the Holy See diplomat 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 in new country 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.[4]


Diplomatic posts
New title Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan
2013 – present