Gabriel Montalvo Higuera

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Gabriel Montalvo Higuera (January 27, 1930—August 2, 2006) was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He was an archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, and was the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States from 1998 until 2005.

Ministry and Assignments[edit]

Ordained a priest on January 18, 1953, just days before his 23rd birthday, Archbishop Montalvo has been the Papal representative to many countries.

As the nuncio, he served as the ambassador of Vatican City to the United States, as well as serving as a senior communication link between the Holy See and the Catholic Church in the United States. Clerics receiving appointments from Rome are traditionally informed through him. The nuncio's official residence is the Nunciature to the United States in Washington, DC.

On August 2, 2006, Archbishop Montalvo died in Rome of lung cancer, a disease from which he had been suffering since before his retirement in December 2005. From his retirement until his death, he was under the care of the Sisters of Mercy.

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Agostino Cacciavillan
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
7 December 1998 – 17 December 2005
Succeeded by
Pietro Sambi


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