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Martin Krebs

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Martin Krebs
Apostolic Nuncio of Monaco
Titular Archbishop of Taborenta
Appointed19 April 2024
PredecessorAntonio Arcari
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Taborenta
Ordination10 October 1983
by Friedrich Wetter
Consecration16 November 2008
by Tarcisio Bertone, Erwin Josef Ender, and Felix Genn
Personal details
Born (1956-11-02) November 2, 1956 (age 67)
Previous post(s)
Styles of
Martin Krebs
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Martin Krebs (born 2 November 1956) is a German prelate of the Catholic Church who has worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1991. He has been an archbishop since 2008 when he received the first of several postings as a papal nuncio.


Martin Krebs was born in Essen, Germany, on 2 November 1956. He was ordained to the priesthood there on 10 October 1983. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 1991, and held posts in Burundi, Japan, Austria, the Czech Republic, the European Community and the United States.[1]

He is fluent in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Czech.

Diplomatic career[edit]

On 8 September 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named him titular archbishop of Taborenta and Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea and Mali.[1] He welcomed the assignment, describing Guinea as "a predominantly Islamic country in which Islam is not lived fanatically".[2]

On 8 May 2013, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Palau, and Micronesia, as well as Apostolic Delegate to the Pacific Ocean.[3] He received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on 16 November.[citation needed] On 23 September, Francis added Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu to his responsibilities.[4] On 18 January 2014, he added Tonga as well,[5] and on 3 May the Marshall Islands and Nauru.[6] While fulfilling this array of assignments he used Wellington, New Zealand, as his base.[7] On several occasions he played a role in the affairs of the troubled Archdiocese of Agaña on Guam, trying to reconcile disputing parties in 2014,[8] receiving a report that Archbishop Anthony Apuron had sodomized a boy years earlier in 2015,[9] and trying without success to persuade Apuron to resign in 2016.[10]

On 16 June 2018, Francis named Krebs Apostolic Nuncio to Uruguay.[11][7]

On 3 March 2021, Krebs was reassigned as Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.[12]

With the possibility of same sex marriage in Liechtenstein, Krebs reportedly refused to get involved in the disagreement between Archbishop Wolfgang Haas and the Landtag, saying it is up to Haas and MPs to resolve the conflict, “I see no basis for the Holy See to intervene."[13]

On 19 April 2024, Pope Francis appointed him as Nuncio to Monaco.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.09.2008" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Nuntius Dr. Martin Krebs wollte eigentlich Arzt werden". ORDEN (in German). 8 September 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.05.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.09.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 18.01.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 03.05.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Apostolic Nuncio to depart New Zealand for new post in Uruguay". Cath News. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Apostolic Delegate visits Guam to build bridges". CathNews New Zealand. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  9. ^ Eugenio, Haidee V. (22 May 2017). "Guam priest named in 67th abuse suit was confidant of altar boys". USA Today. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Cernuzio, Salvatore (20 September 2017). "The Guam problem, a diocese rocked by financial and sexual scandal". La Stampa. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 16.06.2018" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 03.03.2021" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 3 March 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Liechtenstein prelate cancels parliamentary Mass over gay marriage bill".
  14. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 19.04.2024". Retrieved April 19, 2024.