His Excellency, Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
Christophe Louis Yves Georges Pierre was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United States by Pope Francis in April 2016. Archbishop Pierre is an experienced diplomat having previously served as nuncio to Mexico, Haiti and Uganda. He understands the plight of immigrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States and is able to give voice to Pope Francis’ concern for them.
Christophe Pierre was born in Rennes on 20 January 1946 to a family with roots for many generations in Brittany. He first attended school at Antsirabé in Madagascar and pursued his secondary studies at the College of Saint-Malo. He also spent one year in Morocco at Lycée Français of Marrakesh.
He entered the Catholic seminary of Saint-Yves in Rennes in 1963, but interrupted his studies for two years of military service in 1965 and 1966. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Rennes at the Cathedral of Saint-Malo on 5 April 1970.
He obtained his master's degree in theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris and his doctorate in canon law in Rome.
He served as vicar of the parish of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul de Colombes in the Diocese of Nanterre from 1970 to 1973.
He then earned a diploma at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, the Holy See's school for diplomacy. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1977, serving first in Wellington, New Zealand. He then held posts in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Brésil, and at the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva in Geneva.
Archbishop Pierre speaks English and Spanish fluently. He is noted to be a humble and simple pastor who has a great sense of fairness and balanced judgment. He speaks English and Spanish fluently.