Bairiki, Tarawa, 21 May, 2014—Kiribati’s Head of State, President Anote Tong received Tuesday, 20 May 2014 a visit from the Holy See – the Office of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) or the central government of the Roman Catholic Church.
Visiting Kiribati to meet with President Tong is Archbishop Martin Krebs – the Apostolic Nuncio (a diplomatic representative of the Pope having ambassadorial status) to Kiribati and the Pacific region specifically the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
President Tong met with the 57-year old Archbishop at the Kiribati State House Tuesday morning where Tong received Krebs’s Letter of Credential and hosted the Archbishop along with other visiting ambassadors to a State reception later that day.
Archbishop Krebs has a Doctorate in Canon Law and has served in the Apostolic Nunciatures to Burundi, Japan, Austria, the Czech Republic, the European Union and the United States of America.
In September 2008, Archbishop Krebs was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea and Mali and ordained in November that year to the episcopacy – a collective body of bishops.
Kiribati established diplomatic relations with the Holy See on 10 April 1995.