Gingrich's Wife to Be Named Ambassador to Vatican

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The announcement is pending approval of the Office of Government Ethics, but is targeted to be made before President Donald Trump meets with Pope Francis on 24 May in Rome, according to the report.

A formal announcement of Gingrich's nomination is likely to come this week, the White House official told The Post. "'Single-payer, I think we should have that debate as a nation, ' Bertolini said in a video tape of his remarks provided to Vox by an attendee at the meeting".

Newt Gingrich, a strong supporter of President Trump, acknowledged to reporters that his wife is "under consideration" for the Ambassadorship and he would be "very excited for her".

Callista Gingrich is a member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. The choir visited Rome in 2005 to honor John Paul II and sang for Pope Benedict XVI during his official visit to the USA in 2008.

One source told the Times that Gingrich threatened to withdraw her name from consideration because the vetting process has been slow, the report said.

Gingrich is a member of the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in North America.

Some like John Schlageter, executive director of the Bethlehem University Foundation in Washington, hailed the choice. The Gingriches are patrons of Bethlehem University, the first Catholic university in the Holy Land founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, he said.

But Callista, a devout Catholic, was thought to have played a role in the softening of her husband.

The former congressional staffer married Gingrich in 2000 following his divorce in 1999 from his second wife, Marianne.

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has been without an ambassador since the term of the former envoy, Ken Hackett, ended in January 2017.

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