Callista Gingrich set to be named ambassador to the Vatican

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

President Trump will reportedly name Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as US ambassador to the Holy See, before the president's meeting with Pope Francis later this month.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment, and the announcement is pending approval from the Office of Government Ethics, according to CNN, which first reported the news on Sunday.

Callista Gingrich, 51, is a lifelong Catholic who with her husband runs the multimedia company Gingrich Productions, which produces historical documentaries, including one about the canonization of Pope John Paul II.

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"She's under consideration", Gingrich said then.

The former House Speaker said after the inauguration that his wife was being considered for the Vatican Ambassadorship.

"White House briefings and press conferences provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the US government", the statement from WHCA President Jeff Mason said. But she also played a role in breaking up his second marriage, according to Mr. Gingrich's ex-wife and former adviser, Marianne Gingrich. Prior to that, she was a congressional aide in the House of Representatives.

For almost two decades, Gingrich has belonged to the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, where she performs weekly. Santorum removed himself after saying the position would put a financial strain on his family, according to the Times. He only said that he and his wife were told to "be very cautious" until the nomination was confirmed and announced by the administration.