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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In August 2015, Denton reported his rape to Apuron’s superior, the apostolic nuncio for the Pacific. Washington Post, "Guam’s ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse," 10 Aug. 2019 Quirk wrote to diocese financial officials in a 2016 email regarding a gift that Bransfield sent to Vigano’s successor as nuncio, Christophe Pierre. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: W. Va. bishop sent diocese funds to abuse victims," 5 June 2019 Members of the public can file reports online through an independent vendor,, which then sends the allegations to two members of a Baltimore diocesan independent review board, the nuncio, and, where appropriate, to civil authorities. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "Catholic bishops pass proposal to create nationwide system to report sexual abuse complaints," 12 June 2019 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

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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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