Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as ambassador to the Holy See

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

Senators voted overwhelmingly, 70-23, to approve her for the post.

A Jesuit magazine said: "During her confirmation hearing in July, Ms. Gingrich said that as ambassador she would focus on issues of shared concern between the United States and the Vatican, like combating human trafficking and condemning terrorism".

Trump formally nominated Gingrich after months of speculation and vetting that at one point, according to report in The New York Times, almost drove Gingrich to withdraw herself from consideration. She has sung for two decades with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Previously, Ms. Gingrich served as a congressional aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and as the President of The Gingrich Foundation, which supports charitable causes. He's a close ally of Trump's.

The Republican-led Senate is on track to confirm Callista Gingrich as President Donald Trump's ambassador to the Vatican.

California's other senator, Kamala Harris, voted nay on the nomination. She sought to assure skeptical Democrats on the panel that Trump wanted the United States to be an environmental leader even after pulling out of the accord aimed at combatting global warming. Newt said she "created an environment where I could gradually think and evolve on the issue of faith".

Pope Francis gave Trump a copy of the encyclical he wrote about climate change during a May meeting, shortly before Trump pulled the US from the climate agreement.

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