Callista Gingrich is slated to become the nation’s next ambassador to the Vatican, according to reports from CNN and The New York Times. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the nomination prior to a scheduled meeting with Pope Francis on May 24.
Gingrich performs weekly as part of a Catholic choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a Roman Catholic church in the nation's capital, according to a 2011 article in The Washington Post. Her academic background is in music - she is an alumnus of Luther College’s music program, entering the school with a music scholarship - apparently beginning piano lessons in third grade.
In a 2011 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich said she begins each day with prayer, and prays throughout the day: "I am grateful for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon me and the many opportunities he has given me."
She penned a “patriotic children’s book” in 2011 entitled, “Sweet Land of Liberty,” presumably to compete with what she described as “politically correct history” pushed by left-wing and Democrat-aligned educational bureaucrats.
Gingrich operates an eponymous media company with her husband: Gingrich Productions, which describes the Gingrich couple’s work as “hosting and producing historical and public policy documentaries, writing books and newsletters, giving speeches, recording audio books, producing photographic essays, and making television and radio appearances.”
The Gingriches’ company also bills itself as “offering strategic planning, consulting, and training for organizations seeking to solve public policy concerns.”
Her husband, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, converted to Catholicism after their marriage in 2000.
During the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond, Newt Gingrich operated as an informal surrogate of Donald Trump in the latter's roles as a presidential candidate and president.
Trump is said to have considered Rick Santorum for the Vatican ambassadorship - termed U.S. ambassador to the Holy See - according to anonymous sources of The New York Times.
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