Paul Gibbard. Photo: Twitter

A “Honduran” Is Canada’s New Ambassador to the Holy See

Paul Gibbard is a Canadian national and was Chargé d’Affaires at the Canadian Embassy to the Holy See from 2021 to 2023.

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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 06.24.2023).- On Saturday morning, June 24, Pope Francis received in private audience Mr Paul Gibbard, Canada’s Ambassador to the Holy See, on the occasion of the presentation of his Letters of Credence. The audience was held in the Apostolic Palace.

Mr Gibbard, the new Ambassador, was born in Nacaome, Honduras, on August 15, 1960. He is married and has children. 

He has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Calgary (1983) and a Mater’s in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom, 1985). 

He has held the following posts: entering the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992, he worked in Policy Planning, in General Directions for the Caribbean and Mexico and in Cross Border Issues with the United States. In addition, he was Director of Indigenous and Artic Affairs; worked in Costa Rica and Cuba and in the Ministry of Mexican Affairs in the context of an exchange program; was Manager of Political, Economic and Public Affairs and Promotion Programs in the Embassies in Italy, Albania, Malta and San Marino;  in the Private Advice Office for Cross Border Issues between the U.S. and Mexico, as well as  Ambassador in Venezuela and Iraq and Head of the Mission in Nigeria. He was in charge of Business in Canada’s Embassy to the Holy See from 2021 to 2023. 

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