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Trump nominates Callista Gingrich as US ambassador to Vatican

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John Burger - published on 05/20/17 - updated on 05/20/17

President makes pick as he leaves for first foreign trip, including Rome.

Before leaving on his first international trip as president, which will include a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican, Donald J. Trump announced the appointment of Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

The announcement was made as one of several other appointments to the Trump Administration. The choice has long been rumored. Gingrich’s husband, Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, confirmed early on in the new administration that his wife was being considered.

The actual title of the position, according to the White House website, is “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See.” The announcement says that Gingrich has been the President and CEO of Gingrich Productions, “a multimedia production and consulting company in Arlington, Virginia, since 2007.” In that position, she has produced a number of documentaries, including one about Pope John Paul II.

The announcement also notes that Gingrich is the author of “the New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant children’s series and co-author of Rediscovering God in America. Ms. Gingrich also produces and hosts historical and public policy documentary films. She served as a congressional aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and is President of The Gingrich Foundation, which supports charitable causes. Ms. Gingrich has sung for two decades with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. She earned a BA cum laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.”

CBS News noted that Gingrich worked for the House Committee on Agriculture as chief clerk until 2007. “She was a key figure in her husband’s 2012 bid for the Republican nomination,” it says.

The position requires Senate confirmation.

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