Biden appoints Joseph Donnelly, former US senator and congressman, as Vatican envoy

President Biden on Friday appointed Joseph Donnelly, a former US senator for one state from Indiana, to be the new US ambassador to the Vatican.

Mr. Donnelly, currently a partner in a powerful law firm Akin Jump In Washington, D.C., he will replace Calista Gingrich – wife of former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich – who was confirmed in October 2017 and served throughout President Trump’s term.

Donnelly, the White House, said, “He served as a US Senator from Indiana from 2013 to 2019 and was a member of the US House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013, representing Indiana’s second congressional district.” He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the law school at that university.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said in a statement, citing Mr. to dialogue with him about the need to tackle global poverty, food insecurity, violence and other challenges.”

If confirmed, Donnelly would be the 12th US envoy to the Vatican since President Ronald Reagan formally established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1984.

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