French Ambassador Elisabeth Beton-Delègue © Facebook of Embassy of France in Haiti

Woman for 1st Time to Be French Ambassador to Holy See

Elisabeth Beton-Delegue Will Hold the Post

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For the first time, France will have a female Ambassador to the Holy See.
The diplomat selected for the post is Elisabeth Beton-Delegue, according to the decree of appointment, dated April 10 and published on April 11, 2019.
The post of French Ambassador to the Holy See had been vacant for nine months, following the retirement of the last Ambassador, Philippe Zeller, last July, after a year of mandate. The Charge d’Affaires, Yves Teyssier d’Orfeuil was deputized in the meantime.
The 64-year-old Catholic diplomat has served as Ambassador in Haiti (2015-2018), Mexico (2012-2014), Directress of the Americas and Caribbean at the Foreign Affairs Ministry (2008-2012), and Ambassadress of France in Chile (2005-2008).
Beton-Delegue was also stationed in Iraq and in Turkey.

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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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