Charles Balvo appointed new nuncio to the Czech Republic
The new nuncio was born in Brooklyn on 29 June 1951 and ordained priest on 6 June 1976 in New York. Having finished his studies in canon law, he entered the diplomatic corps of the Holy See on 1 March 1987 and served in the nunciatures in Ghana, Ecuador, Chile, the Czech Republic, Jordan and Lithuania.
On 1 Apr. 2005 he was appointed titular archbishop of Castello and apostolic nuncio to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Western Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu as well as apostolic delegate to Oceania. He received the episcopal consecration on 29 June 2005.
He was appointed nuncio to Kenya on 17 Jan. 2013 and at the same time he became permanent observer of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
On 21 Dec. 2013 he was appointed the first apostolic nuncio to South Sudan.
He speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French and also Czech, as he served at the apostolic nunciature in Prague.
Among the first ones who commented Msgr. Balvo’s appointment to the Czech Republic was also the general secretary of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, Father Stanislav Přibyl. “I am happy and I wish the new nuncio that his mission is blessed,” he wrote on his Twitter.
(Transl.: Jiří Gračka)