Carlo Maria Vigano Fired: Pope Francis To Replace US Vatican Ambassador Who Set Up Kim Davis Meeting

Carlo Maria Vigano
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States, reads the Apostolic Mandate during the Installation Mass of Archbishop Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. REUTERS/Charles Rex Arbogast/Pool

The Vatican is replacing controversial ambassador Carlo Maria Vigano, the man responsible for arranging the meeting between Pope Francis and antigay gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis last fall during his visit to the U.S. The French-born Archbishop, Christophe Pierre, could be soon named the new Apostolic nuncio to the United States, Catholic magazine America reports.

Even though the news will not be confirmed by The Vatican until President Obama's administration has agreed to the new nuncio’s appointment, Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican watcher, revealed the replacement on his blog Settimo Cielo on March 10, and added “his promotion is imminent.” According to the magazine, reliable sources confirmed Pope Francis would be making the official announcement before Easter.

Last September, Kim Davis made the headlines again after disclosing details of a “secret” meeting between her and The Pontiff. Davis’ lawyer, Matthew D. Stever, publicly addressed the media and assured his client met with the Pope for 10 to 15 minutes at the Vatican Embassy in Washington.

“He told me before he left, he said, ‘stay strong.’ That was a great encouragement. Just knowing that the Pope is on track with what we’re doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature say that to you,” Davis said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

The Vatican confirmed the meeting days after the news broke but decided no to give out any further information. According to Daily Kos, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is a staunch conservative and was vocally opposed to same-sex marriage throughout his five-year tenure as the Vatican’s nuncio to the United States. 

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