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PIERRE Christophe Louis Yves Georges 


Cardinal Christophe Louis Yves Georges Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio in the United States of America, was born on 30 January 1946 in Rennes, Ille et Vilaine, France. From a family rooted in Rennes and Saint-Malo for many generations, Christophe Pierre started school in Antsirabé, Madagascar, and completed his secondary studies at the College of Saint-Malo, spending one year at the French Lycée in Marrakech, Morocco.

He entered the seminary of Saint-Yves de Rennes in 1963. His formation was interrupted by two years of military service in 1965 and 1966.

He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Rennes, in the cathedral of Saint-Malo, on 5 April 1970.

He obtained a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic Institute of Paris and a doctorate in canon law in Rome.

Although he was ordained in the diocese of Rennes, he was vicar in the parish of Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Colombes, in the diocese of Nanterre, from 1970 to 1973.

He then entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy of Rome. His first role was in Wellington, in New Zealand, in 1977. He was subsequently sent to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Brazil, and in the Holy See Permanent Mission to the Offices of the United Nations and the international institutions in Geneva.

On 12 July 1995, Pope John Paull II appointed him Apostolic Nuncio in Haiti, conferring to him the title of titular archbishop of Gunela. He was consecrated by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano on 24 September in the Cathedral of Saint-Vincent de Saint-Malo.

In 1999 he was transferred to Kampala in Uganda.

In 2007 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico and on 12 April 2016 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in the United States of America.

On 30 May 2016 he was honoured by the Mexican government with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle by decree published in the Official Gazzette of the Federation (Mexico).

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 30 September 2023, of the Deaconry of San Benedetto fuori Porta San Paolo.

Member of:

  • Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (A.P.S.A.).