Agence France-Presse reports:
Callista Gingrich, wife of the former House speaker Newt Gingrich, today began her duties as the new US ambassador to the Vatican.
Wearing a traditional black mantilla, she presented her credentials to Pope Francis at the Vatican before officially taking on her role.
The appointment carries some controversy: she is the former speaker’s third wife, and had an affair with him when she was a young congressional aide named Callista Bisek and he was still married to his second wife.
In 1999 Gingrich divorced his second wife and the pair married the following year. She is credited with her husband’s conversion to Catholicism.