Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain

Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to Great Britain
Coordinates 51°26′10″N 0°13′26″W / 51.4361°N 0.2239°W / 51.4361; -0.2239
Location Wimbledon, London
Address 54 Parkside,
SW19 5NE
Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Mennini

The Apostolic Nunciature to Great Britain is an ecclesiastical office of the Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain.[1] It is a diplomatic post of the Holy See, whose representative is called the Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's with the rank of an ambassador.[1] The office of the nunciature is located in London, lying within the Archdiocese of Southwark and overlooking Wimbledon Common. It is notable for being the only diplomatic mission in London located south of the river Thames. The Nuncio to Great Britain is also the papal representative to Gibraltar.[2]

The current Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain is His Most Reverend Excellency Antonio Mennini. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 December 2010.[3] following the early retirement of Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz on 2 December 2010.[4] As the new Apostolic Nuncio to the UK, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, presented his credentials to The Queen on 2 March 2011.[5]


Formal diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See resumed in 1914 and an Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain was established on 21 November 1938.[6] The Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain was promoted to the rank of an Apostolic Nunciature by Pope John Paul II in 1982.[7]

List of office holders

Office From Until Post Holder Notes
Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain 21 November 1938 10 November 1953 William Godfrey Previously, a priest in Liverpool. Left after being appointed Archbishop of Liverpool
8 June 1954 16 July 1963 Gerald Patrick Aloysius O'Hara Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. Died in office
4 October 1963 19 April 1969 Igino Eugenio Cardinale Previously a priest. Left after being appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium
26 April 1969 16 July 1973 Domenico Enrici Previously, Apostolic Delegate to Australia. Left after being appointed an official of the Secretariat of State
16 July 1973 22 February 1982 Bruno Bernard Heim Previously Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Retired
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Great Britain 22 February 1982 July 1985
21 January 1986 13 April 1993 Luigi Barbarito Previously, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Australia. Retired
Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain 13 April 1993 31 July 1997
31 July 1997 23 October 2004 Pablo Puente Buces Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait. Retired.
11 December 2004 5 December 2010 Faustino Sainz Muñoz Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to European Community. Retired.
18 December 2010 Antonio Mennini Previously, Apostolic Nuncio to Uzbekistan

See also


  1. 1 2 "The London Diplomatic List" (PDF). 14 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2013.
  2. Matthew Bunson (2008). Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac 2009. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-59276-441-9.
  3. "Great Britain receives new papal delegate from Pope". Catholicnewsagency.com. 2010-12-18.
  4. "Nuncio to Great Britain to retire due to ill health". CatholicHerald.co.uk. 2010-11-12.
  5. "New Apostolic Nuncio presented to HM Queen Elizabeth". rcdow.org.uk. 2011-02-03.
  6. "Nunciature to Great Britain". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  7. Nunciature to Great Britain at GCatholic.org. Retrieved on 11 June 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°26′10″N 0°13′26″W / 51.4361°N 0.2239°W / 51.4361; -0.2239

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