Pope Francis received the new ambassador to the Holy See of the United States, Joseph Donnelly, at the Vatican on April 11, 2022, the Holy See Press Office announced. During the audience, Donnelly presented him with his credentials.
The new U.S. ambassador was officially nominated by President Joe Biden on October 8, but was not ratified by the U.S. Senate until January 20. Sworn in on February 16, the diplomat arrived in Rome on April 9 with his family. He is married and has two children.
Born in New York State, Joseph Donnelly is Catholic and of Irish descent, like Joe Biden. He studied law at Notre Dame Catholic University in Indiana, graduating in 1981.