The Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States 
The Official Pontifical Ecclesiastical Diplomatic Representation of the Holy See
to the United States of America (USA) and  the Organization of American States (OAS


(PEA Entering Class of 1996/ Alumni Number "684")

*(According to July 2011 Updates to the Annuario Pontificio Reassigned to
Apostolic Nunciatur in Jordan: In the Process of Confirming this Information

(PEA Entering Class of 2000/ Alumni Number "1730")

**Source:  The U.S. Department of State, Office of the Chief of Protocol Diplomatic List Dated April 7, 2011. Confirmed Against the 2011 Annuario Pontificio Annual Yearbook of the Holy See's List of Pontifical Representatives.
**Note Re Diplomatic Precedence: While Article 16 of the 1961 UN Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations allows for the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to serve as the Dean of the Receiving State's Diplomatic Corps in those traditionally Catholic countries where this protocol of diplomatic precedence is still in effect, this policy regarding diplomatic protocol and precedence is without prejudice to all other nations, and reserves to the latter the option of not exercising this exception of diplomatic protocol with regard to granting ranking senior diplomatic precedence to the resident Apostolic Nuncio. In Washington, D.C. the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See
 does not serve as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

**Note on the Apostolic Nunciature's Exclusively All-Male Diplomatic Staff
Despite the Laws and Teaching of the Magisterium of the Universal Church and the global public diplomatic rhetoric of the papal diplomatic representatives and the members of the papal diplomatic delegation of the Holy See at the United Nations, (The Holy See has been a Permanent Observer accredited to the United Nations since April 1964), at its  human rights conferences held at the Vatican State,
and its interventions on international human rights at the United Nations family of organizations, that the "femnine genius of women is indispensible for the harmonious development of the global human family and must be integrated into the Church and society at all levels" and despite the fact that Paragraph 29 of Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World by Pope Paul VI, Vatican II, December 7, 1965) explicitly condemns all forms of discrimination,
including that by gender, and states that, "True, all men are not alike from the point of view of varying physical power and the diversity of intellectual and moral resources. Nevertheless, with respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent. For in truth it must still be regretted that fundamental personal rights are still not being universally honored. Such is the case of a woman who is denied the right to choose a husband freely, to embrace a state of life or to acquire an education or
cultural benefits equal to those recognized for men.
Therefore, although rightful differences exist between men, the equal dignity of persons demands that a more humane and just condition of life be brought about.For excessive economic and social differences between the members of the one human family or population groups cause scandal, and militate against social justice, equity, the dignity of the human person, as well as social and international peace..."
There currently are no Catholic women ecclesiastical diplomats in the Holy See's professional diplomatic service, nor have there ever been any Catholic women ecclesiatical diplomats formally admitted for official service in the professional "Christic" and "Marian" pontifical ecclesiastical foreign service ministry and diplomatic "human rights" apostolate of the Holy See. The Institute on Vatican Law & Diplomacy and The Vatican Diplomacy Women's Task Force are working hard to eradicate this illegal policy, practice and procedure by the Roman Curia of the systemic exclusion and diplomatic gender apartheid of Catholic women from formal and official admission to the Holy See's Pontifical Ecclesiastical Foreign Service Ministry and Diplomatic Mission Apostolate which is supposed to, and therefore, must be dedicated to "the protection of the dignity of the human person" (including Catholic women).

Each Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See is traditionally supported by several members of a Roman Catholic religious order or consecrated ecclesial community such as the Focolare Movement (normally exclusively female orders) in the management, daily maintenance, administration and archival operations of the nunciature facility, i.e., cooking meals, laundry, cleaning and special projects including attending to the special needs of each nunciature's chapel and other needs particular to each pontifical ecclesiastical diplomatic mission, such as assisting with the coordination, catering and hosting of special events. The small domestic staff of an apostolic nunciature may be augmented by other specially acquired personnel in the event of a papal visit.
The Holy See's blatant long-term practice of only hiring Catholic women to serve as the domestic staff of apostolic nunciatures and excluding them (i.e., Catholic women) from formal and official admission to the Holy See's Foreign Service is an illegal practice of ecclesiastical diplomatic gender and class discrimination and apartheid that contravenes Church Law and  Doctrine, and UN laws on gender equity to which the Institute objects since this illegal policy and practice withholds the "indispensable" feminine genius of Catholic women from the Church's professional practice of ecclesiasticalhuman rights peace diplomacy.  


                                                             The Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George at the Apostolic 
                                                       Nunciature in Washington, DC where they manage all household operations.
The Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George, whose American provincial motherhouse is located in Alton, Illinois, count among their apostolates the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., where the sisters have served in various capacities since 1995, including the management of the household. For the apostolic visit of Pope Benedict XVI, and the extra duties that this entailed, several additional sisters joined those at the Nunciature during the Holy Father's stay there. Pictured here taking a break last week in the Nunciature's kitchen are (left to right) Sister M. Maximilia Um (of the Nunciature staff), Sister M. Juliana Ramirez (of the Nunciature staff), Sister M. Lucia Wimberly (of the Nunciature staff), Sister M. Simona Frohning (of the Nunciature staff), Mother M. Ingeborg Rohner (of the order's administration), Sister M. Wiltraud Alexander (of the staff at Cardinal Justin Rigali's residence in Philadelphia, and an original staff member of the apostolate at the Nunciature), and Sister Marie Schnabel (of the staff at Archbishop Burke's residence in St. Louis). The order was founded in 1869 by Mother M. Anselma Bopp, in Thuine, Germany, and has since attained a world-wide presence, including convents and apostolates in the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, Tanzania, Brazil, Albania, and Italy.

Internet News Source:
(Archdiocese of St. Louis Website Posting Dated April 23, 2008)

Alton Sisters Get Glimpse of ‘Humble,’ ‘Joyful’ Pope 
Written by Jennifer Brinker /Saturday, 03 May 2008 19:00

 When Pope Benedict XVI arrived at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., April 15 as part of his visit to the United States, three area women religious were eagerly waiting there to serve him. There to help with the cooking, cleaning and other general duties of keeping the nunciature in order were Mother M. Regina Pacis Coury, provincial superior of the American Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, and Mother M. Ingeborg Rohner, retired superior and second provincial councilor, both of Alton, and Sister Marie Schnabel, who serves on the staff at Archbishop Raymond L. Burke's residence in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Squeezed with Love - Mother M Ingeborg Rohner of the sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton squeezes oranges to make fresh juice for Pope Benedict XVI during his April 15-20 visit to the United States. Mother Ingeborg along with Mother M. Regina Pacis Coury and Sister Marie Schnabel, were invited to assist their fellow sisters at the papal nunciature in Washington, D.C., where the Holy Father stayed during his visit there.

Because of the large number of guests coming to the nunciature for the pontiff's visit in the nation's capital, the three were invited by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, to help five Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George who staff the nunciature full time. Another Sister of St. Francis serving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia also was invited to help out.

Calling the experience "an incredible blessing and grace," Mother Regina Pacis said she got to meet a Holy Father who seemed "joyful, fatherly and attentive to whomever he is with."

"What we knew before his visit was that Benedict was a brilliant theologian, and we heard that he drew crowds of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square every Wednesday for the papal audiences," said the woman religious. "What we did not know was why they were coming by the thousands. Was it out of habit because they were used to coming to see John Paul II? Were they hoping for another John Paul II? Why?

"Now we know why - because this man of God has charisma," she said. "It is not in the same way as his predecessor, but in his own way. He attracts by his sincerity and naturalness. My impression of him is that he is genuinely concerned about the individual soul of each of his flock. He listens to and is focused on the person before him. He is humble and real."

The sisters prepared several meals, all made from scratch, for the pope during his stay. Some of the fare included an Italian stracciatella soup with chicken, potatoes and mixed vegetables, and tortellini and pork tenderloin with potatoes and zucchini. For breakfast, they served the pontiff hot pancakes with fresh fruit and orange juice hand-
squeezed by Mother Ingeborg


TOO PRETTY TO EAT — Cream puffs, made into the shape of swans by Sister Marie Schnabel, FSGM, were among the sweet treats Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed during his stay at the papal nunciature during his stay in Washington, D.D. As a native of northern Bavaria, in the Diocese of Wurzburg, Sister Marie got the chance to make for the pope, also from Bavaria, a German apple strudel as part of breakfast one morning. She also prepared another delicacy - cream puffs, which she designed in the shape of swans.

"He laughed at that one," Sister Marie recalled. After greeting the pontiff in German and telling him that she, too, was from Bavaria, "he smiled and said, ‘Oh, beautiful.'"

Mother Ingeborg, born in Berlin, said she received a slightly different, yet humorous response from the Holy Father when she told him where she was from.

"I was almost afraid to tell him that I came from Berlin, knowing that people from Bavaria really are not excited about people from Berlin," she shared in a story with her fellow sisters. "And sure enough, he replied that he did not know that there were Catholics in Berlin. He smiled when he made this statement."

The sisters took care of other details surrounding the pope's visit, including tending to his garments and cleaning his personal living quarters. Many of what were simple tasks took on special meaning, Sister Marie said with a smile in her voice.

"For every duty that takes one person, we doubled up because of the honor. Do you know how many sisters it takes to make the pope's bed? Three. But it was just because of the excitement of getting to do something for him."

Asked by her community and friends what impressed her the most about the entire experience, Mother Ingeborg said it was "just everything about our Holy Father."

"To live under the same roof with him was awe-inspiring," she said. "Every time he returned to the nunciature and every time he left, we were right there at the door. He always smiled at us, waved or shook hands with us."

The sisters also had the privilege of twice attending Mass with the pope in the nunciature's chapel. The first, on April 16, the pope's 81st birthday, included a group of about 50 clergy, the sisters and other staff. The second Mass, celebrated his final morning in Washington, D.C., was even smaller, with just the sisters and a few others present.

Mother Regina Pacis said both occasions were "an intensely moving experience."

Noting that she is currently reading his book, God is Near Us, she said the Holy Father "emphasizes that we should make an act of adoration before receiving Communion or after. His words about the Real Presence dominated my post-Communion thoughts."

Sister Marie said that in the pope she met a man who seemed "so mild and so kind. He has so much strength in what he is saying, and at the same time, he is so humble.

He almost seemed a little shy. You could almost feel that he didn't want all of the glamour" that comes with being a pope.

The experience seemed to end much too soon for the sisters, who said they will always cherish the privilege of being able to serve their spiritual leader.

"Saying goodbye had the sadness of saying goodbye to a newly found friend," said Mother Regina Pacis. "He makes such a difference in the lives of those he meets."

Jennifer Brinker writes for the St. Louis Review. 


(The Holy See is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations with Extended Rights and Privileges at the UN With the Highest Fiduciary Obligation of Regulatory Compliance  and Transparent Accountability with the Principles, Conventions & Human Rights Rules of Law of both the Magisterium of the Universal Church of Rome and the United Nations in Accordance with Chapter 1, Art. 2, Para. 6 of the UN Charter)

Call For 2012 Submissions: Good Practices in the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Political and Public Life. In 2012, the UN OHCHR Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice Intends To Research, As A Priority, 
Issues of Discrimination Against Women In Law and Practice In Public and Political Life,
          Within this broad area of research, the OHCHR Working Group will pay particular attention to efforts aimed (or the lack thereof) at eliminating such discrimination undertaken in times of political transition, particularly transitions which involve fundamental changes of political regime and/or of the legal system. The Working Group notes that situations of political transition provide a unique opportunity to address women’s participation in the political system and women’s human rights in the legal and social systems, including the elimination of discrimination against women in law and in practice.

This Thematic Research Will Culminate In The Report That The OHCHR Working Group Will Present to The UN Human Rights Council in 2013

In This Regard, the OHCHR Working Group Would Like to Invite Anyone to Contribute to Its Research By Submitting Information On

        Constitutional and other legislative initiatives and reforms put in place to promote women’s rights and gender equality, including through the revision and repeal of discriminatory provisions in legislation; 

        Strengthening the framework of state institutions, machineries and mechanisms to implement actions in order to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women

       Improving women’s political participation, on equal terms with men, in the transitional and post-transitional process at all levels of decision-making, including through the adoption of temporary special measures; and increasing women’s access to justice, including transitional justice mechanisms.

The Working Group would like to encourage that the information on the above points and any additional information that may be submitted highlights in particular good practices, lessons learnt and promising experience in the elimination of discrimination against women in the field of political and public life both in general terms and/or with particular reference to times of political transition.

The Working Group sees the issue of women’s participation in political and public life as crucial as many obstacles still prevent women from participating in public and political life on an equal footing with men. Furthermore women are limited in their ability to pass on their nationality and citizenship to spouses and to children, in the way that men can. This discrimination strikes at the essence of women’s right to equal citizenship and human dignity and impacts on the freedom of movement of women.

The Working Group notes that various individuals and organisations may wish to develop documents and reports of consultations to submit for consideration. In accordance with the established practice of mandate-holders, the OHCHR Working Group welcomes all relevant submissions that NGO’s and other independent experts may wish to transmit for its consideration in preparation of either the annual report on women’s participation in political and public in times of political transition or for the purpose of collecting good practices in this field in general terms.

These submissions should be sent to:

Contact Information for the UN OHCHR's Mandate on Discrimination Against Women: Federica Donati (Tel: +41 22 917 9496 / email: or write to:


Women, Teachers of Peace in Society

9. When women are able fully to share their gifts with the whole community, the very way in which society understands and organizes itself is improved and comes to reflect in a better way the substantial unity of the human family. Here we see the most important condition for the consolidation of authentic peace. The growing presence of women in social, economic and political life at the local, national and international levels is thus a very positive development. Women have a full right to become actively involved in all areas of public life, and this right must be affirmed and guaranteed, also, where necessary, through appropriate legislation. ** (Note: The Holy See Has Not Yet Promulgated and Has Failed  To Date to Publish an Official Specific Legislative Document Affirming the Ecclesiastical Diplomatic Dignity and Vocation of Catholic Women That Includes a Formal and Official Mechanism for Punitive Enforcement)**

This acknowledgment of the public role of women should not however detract from their unique role within the family. Here their contribution to the welfare and progress of society, even if its importance is not sufficiently appreciated, is truly incalculable. In this regard I will continue to ask that more decisive steps be taken in order to recognize and promote this very important reality.

10. With astonishment and concern we are witnessing today a dramatic increase in all kinds of violence. Not just individuals but whole groups seem to have lost any sense of respect for human life. Women and even children are unfortunately among the most frequent victims of this blind violence. We are speaking of outrageous and barbaric behavior which is deeply abhorrent to the human conscience.

We are all called upon to do everything possible to banish from society not only the tragedy of war but also every violation of human rights, beginning with the indisputable right to life, which every person enjoys from the very moment of conception. The violation of the individual human being's right to life contains the seeds of the extreme violence of war. For this reason I appeal to all women ever to take their place on the side of life. At the same time I urge everyone to help women who are suffering and particularly children, in a special way those scarred by the painful trauma of having lived through war. Only loving and compassionate concern will enable them once again to look to the future with confidence and hope.

11. When my beloved predecessor Pope John XXIII indicated the participation of women in public life as one of the signs of our times, he also stated that, being aware of their dignity, they would no longer tolerate being exploited.[9]

Women have the right to insist that their [ecclesiastical diplomatic] dignity be respected. At the same time, they have the duty to work for the promotion of the dignity of all persons, men as well as women.

In view of this I express the hope that the many international initiatives planned for 1995—of which some will be devoted specifically to women, such as the conference sponsored by the United Nations in Beijing on work for equality, development and peace—will provide a significant opportunity for making interpersonal and social relationships ever more human, under the banner of peace.

Mary, Model of Peace

12. Mary, queen of peace, is close to the women of our day because of her motherhood, her example of openness to others' needs and her witness of suffering. Mary lived with a deep sense of [ecclesiastical diplomatic] responsibility the plan which God willed to carry out in her for the salvation of all humanity. When she was made aware of the miracle which God had worked in her by making her the mother of his incarnate Son, her first thought was to visit her elderly kinswoman Elizabeth in order to help her. That [redemptive ecclesiastical diplomatic] meeting gave Mary the chance to express, in the marvelous canticle of the Magnificat (Lk. 1:46-55), her gratitude to God who, with her and through her, had begun a new creation, a new [feminine ecclesiastical diplomatic] history.

I implore the most holy Virgin Mary [The Preeminent Ambassadoor God, Primordial Emissary of Christ and Chosen Envoy of the Holy Spirit] to sustain those men and women who, in the service of life, have committed themselves to building peace [through the Church's Marian and Christic ecclesiastical diplomatic foreign service ministry and diplomatic mission apostolate]. With her help may they bear witness before all people, especially those who live in darkness and suffering, and who hunger and thirst for justice, to the loving presence of the God of peace! 


Switzerland: The UN Geneva Celebrates “John Paul II and Human Rights”
25-06-2011 Filed under News, The Church in the world

   Pope John-Paul II in UN-New York, in 1995.

A celebration dedicated to “The Promotion of Human Rights by John Paul II” took place on June 20, 2011, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva. It had been organized the Permanent Mission of the Holy See and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland with the United Nations in Geneva, in collaboration with the Polish Catholic Mission in Switzerland.

After words of welcome pronounced by the General Director of the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, by the Apostolic Nuncio Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer at the UN, and by the Polish ambassador to the UN, Remigiusz A. Henczel, the participants were able to listen to a message from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, and to attend a showing of a documentary film entitled “John Paul II and Human Rights”.

Then a round table brought together the ambassador from Poland to the Holy See, Hanna Suchocka, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyons, and Mordechay Lewy, ambassador from Israel to the Holy See. After a piano concert with works by F. Chopin and I. J. Paderewski, the participants were able to visit an exposition of postage stamps from countries throughout the world on the theme of the “pilgrim pope”.
(Source : Apic – DICI n° 237 du 25/06/11) 

20 June 2011
Pope John Paul II and the Promotion of Human Rights

Opening remarks by Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
United Nations Under-Secretary-General
Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
“The Promotion of Human Rights and John Paul II”

Palais des Nations, Assembly Hall, Door 15 (Conference)
Hall XIV (Exhibit and Reception)
Monday, 20 June 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Ambassador Henczel
Monseigneur Tomasi
Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is a huge pleasure to welcome you all for this very special event, held to commemorate the life and work of Pope John Paul II. I particularly thank the Permanent Missions of the Holy See and of the Republic of Poland for organizing the unique programme which recognizes the contributions of John Paul II in the area of human rights.

Dear Colleagues:
Pope John Paul II was really a great man. He was a consistent promoter of peace and human rights who belonged to the whole of mankind regardless of religious affiliations. He frequently acknowledged that solid and lasting foundations for building peace could only be established through the promotion of the dignity of the individual person – a centrepiece of his teaching. He highlighted that when human rights are ignored, the seeds of instability and violence are inevitably sown.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

The respect for human rights forms one of the core principles of the work of the United Nations. It is enshrined in international law through the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Additionally, a host of international treaties and other universal instruments protect these rights. Without safeguarding human rights, the important work of the United Nations in international peace and security and development would not be possible. Here in Geneva, which is the world’s human rights capital, and across the globe, the United Nations family works together with Governments to help them promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

I had the honour to be one of those who organized the visit of Pope John Paul II to Kazakhstan in 2001 and accompanied him during his unforgettable and extremely impressive event.

Dear Colleagues:
Let the quest of Pope John Paul II for peace and universal human rights inspire us all. As he once said, “What unites us is so much more than what separates and divides us: it is our common humanity.”

Thank you very much. 


**Dear Reader:

    Please join the Institute in remembering the moral, ethical and diplomatic Pontifical Ecclesiastical Leadeship Legacy of Blessed Pope John Paul II in Promoting International Human and Women's Human Rights, especially, his work to promote the ideal of "the indispensable gift of the feminine genius of women in the Church and in Society." While the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to Geneva hosted this June 2011event it is still another gender apartheidic still all-male pontifical diplomatic observer mission of the Holy See accredited to the UN international human rights organization guilty of the moral crime against humanity of gender apartheid and void of the "indispensable feminine genius of Catholic women diplomats," which has not executed any firm and/or effective institutional initiatives to establish a formal and effective means for the official recruitment, training, admitting, integrating and equitable career development of qualified Catholic women into the Holy See's Professional Pontifical Ecclesiastical Foreign Service Ministry and  Diplomatic "Human Rights" Mission Apostolate of "Peace Diplomacy." 

According to the UN Geneva website, the publication entitled “Missions permanentes auprès des Nations Unies à Genève” (in French only), also known "The Permanent Missions to the United Nations Geneva" or as the "Blue Book" (Edition No. 110), is updated on a regular basis by the Protocol and Liaison Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva with the kind cooperation of the permanent missions and permanent observer offices. In the most recent edition updated as of March 1, 2012, the staff of the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, which was confimed with the assistance of the staff of the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the UN-Geneva. The Nunciature's official diplomatic staff is all male including both Catholic priests and two lay men, and is void of any official Catholic women diplomat or diplomatic professional: 

S.E. Mgr Silvano M. TOMASI
Nonce apostolique
Observateur permanent du Saint-Siège
auprès de l’Office des Nations Unies (17 septembre 2003)
et Délégué permanent auprès des autres
organisations internationales à Genève

Rev. Monsignor Amaury MEDINA BLANCO
Premier secrétaire
Rev. Monsignor Massimo DE GREGORI

Rev. Monsignor Robert J. VITILLO
M. Carlo Maria MARENGHI
Attaché & Advisor (International Property and Trade Issues)

M. Miguel Rubèn

Adresse : Mission permanente d’observation du Saint-Siège
auprès de l’Office des Nations Unies
et des autres organisations internationales
à Genève
Chemin du Vengeron 16
Case postale 28
1292 Chambésy
Téléphone : 022 758 98 20
Télécopieur : 022 758 17 29
Courriel :
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Also visit the website of the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the UN-Geneva which fails to list both its all-male diplomatic staff and its exclusive all-female religious non-diplomatic domestic staff.

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Blessed Pope John Paul II, pray for us.

The Vatican Diplomacy Human Rights Consortium