nun·​cio | \ ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌō How to pronounce nuncio (audio) , ˈnu̇n(t)- How to pronounce nuncio (audio) \
plural nuncios

Definition of nuncio

: a papal legate of the highest rank permanently accredited to a civil government

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Viganò, the papal ambassador -- or nuncio -- to Washington between 2011 and 2016, identified the Vatican cardinals and U.S. archbishops who were informed about the McCarrick affair by name, an unthinkable expose for a Vatican diplomat to make. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Pope refuses to comment on claims he ignored McCarrick abuse accusations," 27 Aug. 2018 In 2000, before McCarrick’s promotion to the Archdiocese of Washington, a concerned bishop, Father Boniface Ramsey contacted the papal nuncio, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, directly. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018 The award typically requires recommendations from bishops or Papal nuncios. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Joseph J. Gerngross, 93, leader in contracting business and the Catholic community," 12 June 2018 In the letter, Francis said the plan fell apart because the nuncio revealed it. Fox News, "Key dates in the Chilean sex abuse scandal," 27 Apr. 2018 Christopher Pierre, a French priest, is the nuncio, or ambassador from the Vatican to the United States. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Vatican diplomat to Washington recalled because of child-porn investigation," 15 Sep. 2017 Capella’s situation recalls that of the late Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the former papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic until August 2013. David George-cosh, WSJ, "Canadian Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Vatican Diplomat in Child Porn Probe," 29 Sep. 2017 The Vatican yearbook lists three counselors who work under the nuncio, or ambassador. Nicole Winfield And Matthew Lee,, "Vatican diplomat recalled from Washington embassy amid child porn investigation," 15 Sep. 2017 The Vatican yearbook lists three counselors who work under the nuncio, or ambassador., "Vatican Diplomat Recalled Amid Child Porn Investigation," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nuncio

1512, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nuncio

Italian, from Latin nuntius messenger, message

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: a person who is the Pope's representative in a foreign country

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