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

Elisabeth Beton-Delegue Will Hold the Post

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.


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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