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Archbishop Charles Balvo appointed Nuncio to Australia

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Charles Daniel Balvo is an American prelate of the Catholic Church who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Australia 17 January 2022. He has worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1987 and has been a nuncio and an archbishop since 2005.

A native of Brooklyn, Balvo grew up in Suffern, New York, where he graduated from Sacred Heart School. He studied at the Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, both in Manhattan and in Queens.

Balvo studied for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome, obtained a baccalaureate in sacred theology and a licentiate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He then pursued his studies in canon law and obtained his licentiate at the Catholic University of America and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Balvo served at Sacred Heart parish, in Newburgh, New York, from 1976 to 1981, and then at St. John the Evangelist, in Mahopac, New York, for a year.

Balvo has been a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps since 1987. He served in the apostolic nunciatures in Lithuania, Jordan, the Czech Republic, Ecuador and Ghana.[1]

On April 1, 2005, Balvo was appointed Titular Archbishop of Castello and Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Palau and Vanuatu.[2] He received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Edward Egan on June 29, 2005.[1] The Cook Islands were added to his responsibilities on March 25, 2006,[3][a] and Samoa on April 1, 2006[4] and Nauru on January 30, 2007.[5]

Balvo was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya on 17 January 2013, as well as Permanent Observer to United Nations Organizations for the Environment and Human Settlements (UNEP and UN-Habitat).[6] After Kenyan Cardinal John Njue denounced US President Barack Obama's call for Kenya to protect LGBT rights,[7] Balvo told an audience of Kenyan Catholics that: "The homosexuals should be defended against violation of their dignity and human rights, they are human beings like anyone of us".[8]