Former journalist Joyce Napier named Canadian ambassador to the Vatican

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Joyce Napier was born in Montreal and raised in Rome, before returning to Canada as an adult. (Archive photo)

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The Canadian Press

Published at 9:10 p.m. UTC

Joyce Napier, a longtime Ottawa journalist, will visit the Vatican as Canada’s new ambassador.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced Napier’s appointment and said she would work to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in this new role, notably by tackling the painful legacy of the residential school system [pour] indigenous.

During Ms. Napier’s 40-year career as a journalist, she worked at The Canadian Press, CBC, The Globe and Mail, La Presse, Radio-Canada and CTV.

She is the only one to have been head of parliamentary bureau for both an English and French network.

Joyce Napier’s biography states that she was born in Montreal and raised in Rome, before returning to Canada as an adult.

She speaks French, English and Italian as well as a little Spanish and Arabic.

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