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Apostolic Nunciature


Apostolic Nunciature

Apostolic Nunciature in the Republic of China (Taiwan)

An Apostolic Nunciature is a top-level diplomatic mission of the Holy See, equivalent to an embassy. The Holy See, which does not issue visas, does not have consulates.

The head of the Apostolic Nunciature is called a

In several countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See (particularly Catholic nations), the Apostolic Nuncio is ipso facto the Dean (i.e., first in the order of precedence) of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to that country.

In addition, the nuncio serves as the liaison between the Holy See and the Church in that particular nation, supervising the diocesan episcopate (usually a national conference of bishops which has its own elected President, often the highest-ranking (arch)bishop, especially if his seat carries the title of primate or he has individually been created a cardinal). The nuncio has an important role in the selection of bishops.


  • List of diplomatic posts of the Holy See 1
    • Africa 1.1
    • The Americas 1.2
    • Asia 1.3
    • Europe 1.4
    • Oceania 1.5
    • Special cases 1.6
  • Delegations 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

List of diplomatic posts of the Holy See

  Vatican City State
  Diplomatic relations, resident mission, nuncio is of ambassadorial rank and with additional privileges[1]
  Diplomatic relations, non-resident accreditation with additional privileges
  Diplomatic relations, resident mission, nuncio has regular ambassadorial status
  Diplomatic relations, non-resident accreditation, regular ambassadorial status

  Formal contact with the government, but no diplomatic relations
  Representative to the Catholic communities only, no diplomatic relations

The Pope accredits diplomats with the following states and other subjects of international law (list as per January 2010):[2]


Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Botswana, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Botswana, Congo (Republic of), Congo (Democratic Republic of), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sénégal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The Americas

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela


Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Republic of China (Taiwan), East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam (Non-Resident), Yemen.


Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine


Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

Special cases


Note: For nations with which the Holy See has no diplomatic ties, an Apostolic Delegate is sent to serve as a liaison with the Roman Catholic Church in that nation, though not accredited to the government of the state. Apostolic delegates are titular archbishops but have no formal diplomatic status, though in some countries they have some diplomatic privileges.
  • Africa:
Comoros; Mauritania; Somalia
  • Asia:
Jerusalem and Palestine; the Arabian Peninsula; Brunei; Laos; Myanmar/Burma; Viêt Nam
  • the Americas:
the Antilles (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Saint Vincent and Grenadines)
  • the Pacific Ocean

See also


  1. ^ Such as in Order of precedence.
  2. ^ "The Holy See's Diplomatic Net. Latest Acquisition: Russia" (in Italiano). Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Bilateral and Multilateral Relations of the Holy See". 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Mission Impossible: Eject the Holy See from the United Nations". Chiesa Espresso online. 2007-08-21. 
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