What is an Apostolic Nunciature?

The Apostolic Nunciature is the Embassy of the Holy See.

The ‘Holy See’ refers to the authority, jurisdiction, and sovereignty vested in the Pope and his advisers to direct the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. It is the Holy See which is internationally recognised as the ‘central government’ of the Roman Catholic Church, as such the Holy See enters into treaties with other States and sends and receives diplomatic representatives. The Holy See is not the same as the Vatican, a tiny State, within the confines of the Italian City of Rome which was created in 1929 in order to protect the independence of the Pope from any particular State or Government.

Prayer for the Pope

God our Father, shepherd and guide,
look with love on Benedict, your servant,
the pastor of your Church.
May his word and example inspire and guide the Church,
and may he, and all those entrusted to his care,
come to the joy of everlasting life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


This was written by a member of the catechetical team at the Maryvale Institute (http://www.maryvale.ac.uk/). Working in partnership with the Home Mission Desk of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.