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Joyce Napier appointed Canada’s Ambassador to Vatican

Longtime foreign correspondent and Parliament Hill journalist Joyce Napier has been appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the Holy See.

Napier, 65, replaces diplomat Paul Gibbard, who had held the role since September 2021.

Up until last June when she was caught up in Bell’s layoff of 1,300 staff in the media division, she had most recently been serving as CTV News’ Parliamentary Bureau Chief, capping a 40-year journalism career that began in Montreal in 1981.

Joyce Napier

Born in Montréal to Egyptian immigrants, Napier was raised in Rome before returning to Canada for undergraduate studies in journalism.

Over the years, she’s held roles with The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, La Presse, CBC Television and Radio-Canada, where she was the Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem, as well as Washington Bureau Chief. She is the only person to have ever held the bureau chief role for both an English- and French-language Canadian news network.

Napier also has extensive experience covering the Vatican, including reporting from Rome on the death and subsequent beatification of Pope John Paul II, and the election of Pope Benedict.

Foreign Afffairs says Napier’s breadth of experience “positions her to advocate for critical issues, including reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and confronting the damaging legacy of the residential school system.”

“Joyce Napier is someone I deeply respect – a former journalist who has left her mark on Canada for over 40 years,” said Foreign Affairs Min. Mélanie Joly, in a release. “Canadians can count on Joyce’s experience, stature, and tenacity representing Canada to the Holy See. Critically, Joyce will work at the Vatican to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples including confronting the painful legacy of the residential school system. Her extensive experience here at home and her many years working around the world will serve Canadians well.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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