Apostolic Nunciature

An Apostolic Nunciature is the diplomatic mission of the Holy See to a state. Mission chief and representative of the Authority is of the Apostolic Nuncio.


In the 16th century Papal Nunciature emerged as permanent institutions of the Holy See to the first Catholic royal courts, such as in Vienna and Graz, in Madrid, or elector. As the oldest institution of its kind applies the constant Nunciature at the court of King Ferdinand I., established in 1529 in Vienna.


A papal envoy or nuncio, who also carries a representation to States in accordance with the standards of the international legal practices, has the special task of promoting the relationship between the Apostolic See and foreign States and to maintain, to address issues that the relationship between church and state concern; and to deal in a special way with concordats and other bilateral agreements, where such complete and bring to the implementation are ( Can. 365 § 1 CIC). Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the nuncio, to strengthen the link between the country's churches and the Apostolic See, the Nuncio always attends the opening session of General Assembly of the Bishops' Conference. He also participates in the search for bishop candidates.


Papal envoy or Nuncios are bishops (usually Titularerzbischöfe ) and are appointed by the pope. They should be more than 75 years old. The Apostolic Nuncio since the Congress of Vienna (1815 ) in most states today " born doyen " of the Diplomatic Corps. He enjoys with its accreditation, the usual diplomatic immunity in the host country. The correct form of address for a nuncio is: " His Excellency ".


In Austria, the seat of the embassy in Vienna's fourth district in a building from 1914 in the style of the Italian Renaissance.

The seat of the Apostolic Nunciature in Germany since 2001 in Berlin- Neukölln in a new building next to the St. John 's Basilica, previously this was in Bonn-Bad Godesberg since 1952 Turmhof.

Nunciatures world

The Holy See has one of the world's best networks of foreign missions. In 188 countries, there are representatives of the Holy See (176 Nunciatures, ten delegates and two missions with special status ). In addition, eleven representatives in various international organizations.


  • Albania Albania
  • Andorra Andorra
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark Denmark
  • Germany Germany
  • Estonia Estonia
  • Finland Finland
  • France France
  • Greece Greece
  • Ireland Ireland
  • Iceland Iceland
  • Italy Italy
  • Croatia Croatia
  • Latvia Latvia
  • Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania Lithuania
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg
  • Macedonia Macedonia
  • Malta Malta
  • Moldova Moldova ( Republic of Moldova )
  • Monaco Monaco
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Netherlands The Netherlands
  • Norway Norway
  • Austria Austria
  • Poland Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania Romania
  • Russia Russia
  • San Marino San Marino
  • Sweden Sweden
  • Switzerland Switzerland
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Slovenia Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Hungary Hungary
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Belarus Belarus
  • Cyprus Republic of Cyprus


  • Egypt Egypt
  • Algeria Algeria
  • Angola Angola
  • Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • Benin Benin
  • Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
  • Botswana Botswana
  • Burundi Burundi
  • Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
  • Djibouti Djibouti
  • Eritrea Eritrea
  • Gabon Gabon
  • Gambia Gambia
  • Guinea- Bissau Guinea- Bissau
  • Ghana Ghana
  • Guinea Guinea
  • Cape Verde Cape Verde
  • Comoros Comoros ( delegate )
  • Cameroon Cameroon
  • Kenya
  • Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Republic of Congo Republic of Congo
  • Lesotho Lesotho
  • Liberia Liberia
  • Libya Libya
  • Madagascar Madagascar
  • Malawi Malawi
  • Mali Mali
  • Morocco Morocco
  • Mauritania Mauritania ( delegate )
  • Mauritius Mauritius
  • Mozambique Mozambique
  • Namibia Namibia
  • Niger Niger
  • Nigeria Nigeria
  • Rwanda Rwanda
  • Zambia Zambia
  • Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal Senegal
  • Seychelles Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
  • Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
  • Somalia Somalia ( delegate )
  • Sudan Sudan
  • South Africa South Africa
  • Swaziland Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo Togo
  • Chad Chad
  • Tunisia Tunisia
  • Uganda Uganda
  • Central African Republic Central African Republic



  • Arabian Peninsula ( delegate ): Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • Oman Oman
  • Flag of South Korea South Korea
  • North Korea North Korea


  • Australia Australia
  • Cook Islands Cook Islands
  • Fiji Fiji
  • Kiribati Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia Foderierte States Micronesia
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • East Timor East Timor
  • Pacific Ocean ( delegate )
  • Palau Palau
  • Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
  • Saint Kitts Nevis St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Samoa Samoa
  • Tonga Tonga
  • Vanuatu Vanuatu

International organizations

  • European union European Union in Brussels ( nuncio )
  • United Nations UN in New York (observer)
  • United Nations UN in Geneva (observer)
  • UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya (observer)
  • WTO in Geneva (observer)
  • UNWTO in Madrid (observer)
  • OAS in Washington, D.C. (Observer)
  • Arab League Arab League in Cairo ( delegate )
  • African Union African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ( Special Representative )
  • ASEAN ASEAN ( Association of Southeast Asian Nations ), Jakarta ( nuncio )