April 12, 2016 12:26 PM EDT

The Vatican announced on Tuesday that the Pope has replaced its controversial ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who was behind a meeting between the Pontiff and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

Back in Sept. 2015, Vigano had invited Davis to meet the Pope in the Vatican embassy in Washington— something which the Vatican has been trying to distance itself from. Davis gained notoriety when she refused to issue marriage licenses for gay couples last year.

According to CNN, Bishops are required to submit their resignation to the Pontiff when they turn 75, a milestone Vigano reached this year. However, it is common for Bishops to serve past that point at the Pope’s choosing. In Vigano case, his resignation was accepted and has now been replaced with the Vatican’s former ambassador, also referred to as apostolic nuncios, to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

Vigano was made Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. in 2011 as punishment for exposing alleged corruption in the Vatican.



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