New Costa Rican Ambassador Presents Credentials to Pope Francis

Previously Held Diplomatic Posts in Brazil, US

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On Monday morning, Pope Francis met with Marco Vinicio Vargas Pereira, the new Costa Rican ambassador to the Holy See, as he presented his Letters of Credentials to the Holy Father.

The new Costa Rican ambassador has had an extensive diplomatic career, including having served in the United States in the early 1990s as Consul General in Pennsylvania.

Born in 1954, in Alajuela, Vargas graduated in Law from the University of Costa Rica and has studied International Relations and Diplomacy.

In addition, the new ambassador to the Holy See has held various diplomatic posts in Brazil, the United States, and the headquarters of the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry.

Moreover, he has taught in Costa Rica at the Foreign Service Institute Manuel Maria and at universities.

Ambassador Marco Vinicio Vargas Pereira succeeds Costa Rica’s former Ambassador to the Holy See, Fernando Felipe Sánchez Campos.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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