High-flying clergyman from Gibraltar becomes an archbishop and the Papal Nuncio to Benin

Monsignor Mark Miles
Monsignor Mark Miles / SUR
  • Monsignor Mark Miles is believed to be only the first archbishop and second ambassador to come from the Rock

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Mark Miles, who is from Gibraltar, as Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Benin in West Africa and elevated him to the status of Archbishop.

The 53-year-old is believed to be the first Gibraltarian to become an archbishop and only the second to be an ambassador. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French and has often acted as interpreter for Pope Francis on international trips.

Miles was ordained a priest in September 1996 and joined the diocese of Gibraltar. He graduated in Canon Law, and was awarded a Licentiate in Theology.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in July 2003 and served at the Vatican representations in Ecuador and Hungary and in the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State. In 2019 he was appointed as Holy See Permanent Observer at the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Gibraltar government has congratulated the archbishop-elect, who is still fondly known locally as Father Miles, on these latest appointments.