Jean-Paul Gobel

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Jean-Paul Gobel
Apostolic Nuncio emeritus of Egypt
Apostolic Delegate emeritus to the Arab League
Titular Archbishop of Calatia
Appointed5 January 2013
Retired3 January 2015
PredecessorMichael Louis Fitzgerald
SuccessorBruno Musarò
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Calatia
Ordination29 June 1969
by Jean-Baptiste-Étienne Sauvage
Consecration6 January 1994
by John Paul II, Giovanni Battista Re, and Josip Uhač
Personal details
Born (1943-05-14) May 14, 1943 (age 81)
Previous post(s)
Styles of
Jean-Paul Gobel
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Jean-Paul Aimé Gobel (born 14 May 1943) is a French prelate of the Catholic Church who has worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.


Gobel was born on 14 May 1943 and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Annecy on 29 June 1969.

Diplomatic career[edit]

He completed the program of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1970[1] and then entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. His early assignments were in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Burundi.[2] Beginning in May 1989, Gobel was the first of several Holy See diplomats assigned to Hong Kong in order to study at close hand the Church in China and the longterm prospects for relations between China and the Holy See.[3][4][a] While based in Hong Kong, he visited Mongolia at the invitation of the government to study how to establish a Catholic missionary presence there, which resulted in the assignment of that work to the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.[5]

Pope John Paul II named him titular archbishop of Calatia and Apostolic Nuncio to Armenia and to Georgia on 7 December 1993.[6] He received his episcopal consecration on 6 January 1994.[7] On 15 January 1994, John Paul named him Nuncio to Azerbaijan as well.[8] On 6 December 1997, John Paul named him Apostolic Nuncio to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Cape Verde, and Apostolic Delegate to Mauritania.[9]

On 31 October 2001, John Paul appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua,[10] on 10 October 2007 to Iran,[11] and on 5 January 2013 to Egypt as well as Delegate to the Arab League.[12] He ended his service as nuncio when he was replaced by Bruno Musarò on 5 February 2015.


  1. ^ Gobel was followed in Hong Kong by Fernando Filoni in 1992 and Eugene Nugent in 2001.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1950 – 1999" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ Rouxel, Emmanuel (14 February 2013). "Jean-Paul Gobel nommé ambassadeur du pape en Egypte". Le Messeger (in French). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ Charbonnier, Jean (2013). "The "Underground" Church". In Tang, Edmond; Wiest, Jean-Paul (eds.). The Catholic Church in Modern China: Perspectives. Wipf and Stock. p. 68. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Charbonnier, Jean (2007). Christians in China: A.D. 600 to 2000. Ignatius Press. p. 537. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.07.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 July 2002. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXVI. 1994. p. 109. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  7. ^ "S. Exc. Mgr Jean-Paul Gobel". Église catholique en France (in French). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXVI. 1994. p. 207. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  9. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXIX. 1997. p. 66. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 31.10.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 31 October 2001. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 10.10.2007" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 05.01.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2019.


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Catholic Church titles
New office Head of Holy See Study Mission, Hong Kong
Succeeded by