Senate Confirms Callista Gingrich as US Ambassador to Vatican

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Callista Gingrich of Virginia, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to become U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Callista Gingrich of Virginia, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to become U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Callista Gingrich of Virginia, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to become U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s nomination of Callista Gingrich to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. Gingrich, 51, an author, documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, is the wife of former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, a vocal Trump ally. Her nomination was approved on a 70-23 vote.

Gingrich’s nomination to the post at the Holy See in May caused some controversy because of her marriage to Gingrich, with whom she became involved when he was still married to his second wife. Gingrich, who is Roman Catholic, may need to smooth over relations with Pope Francis. The Pope has criticized the Trump administration’s positions on the environment and immigration.

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