Adriano Bernardini

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Adriano Bernardini
Apostolic Nuncio emeritus of Italy and San Marino
Titular Archbishop of Falerii
Appointed15 November 2011
Retired12 September 2017
PredecessorGiuseppe Bertello
SuccessorEmil Paul Tscherrig
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Falerii
Ordination31 March 1968
by Egidio Vagnozzi
Consecration15 November 1992
by Angelo Sodano, Josip Uhač, and Remigio Ragonesi
Personal details
Born (1942-08-13) August 13, 1942 (age 81)
Previous post(s)
MottoPax In Fortitudine
Styles of
Adriano Bernardini
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Adriano Bernardini (born 13 August 1942) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who occupied positions in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from the 1970s until he retired in 2017. His first assignment as Apostolic Nuncio was to Bangladesh (1992–1995) and his last to Italy (2011–2017). He has been an archbishop since 1992.


On 31 March 1968, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rome by Cardinal Egidio Cardinal Vagnozzi. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy to study diplomacy and earn a doctorate in canon law.

His first assignment in the diplomatic service of the Holy See was in the Apostolic Nunciature to Pakistan, which also follows events in Afghanistan. He later worked in the nunciatures to Angola, Japan, Venezuela and Spain. On 17 January 1989 he was appointed chargé d'affaires of the nunciature in Taiwan. On 20 August 1992, just days after his 50th birthday, he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Falerii and Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh. He received his episcopal consecration on 15 November 1992 from Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Bernardini remained in Bangladesh until 15 June 1996, when he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.[1] He was next appointed Nuncio to Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia and Apostolic Delegate to Burma, Laos, Malaysia and Brunei on 24 July 1999.[2] Pope John Paul II named him Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina on 26 April 2003.[3] His years there were marked by sharp differences between the Argentine bishops, notably Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (later Pope Francis), and Bernardini as representative of Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano.[4]

Pope Benedict XVI named him Nuncio to Italy and San Marino on 15 November 2011.[5] In 2014, he conducted an investigation into charges of scandalous behavior by priests in the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia, which led to further investigation and the removal of a bishop.[6] His career in the diplomatic service ended on 12 September 2017, when he was replaced as Nuncio to Italy by the first non-Italian to hold the position since Italy and the Holy See established full diplomatic ties in 1929.[7][8]

On 4 October 2017, Pope Francis named him a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.[9]

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  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXVIII. 1996. p. 677. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. XCI. 1999. p. 1004. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 26.04.2003" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 26 April 2003. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  4. ^ Piqué, Elisabetta (2014). Pope Francis: Life and Revolution: A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio. Loyola Press. Retrieved 28 April 2019.[page needed]
  5. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 15.11.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  6. ^ McKenna, Josephine (2 September 2016). "Bishop in scandal-ridden Italian diocese resigns". National Catholic Reporter. Religion News Service. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 12.09.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ Gagliarducci, Andrea (13 September 2017). "For the first time, the papal nuncio to Italy is not Italian". Crux. Catholic News Agency. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 04.10.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar
15 June 1996 – 24 July 1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina
26 April 2003 – 15 November 2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by Apostolic Nunciature to Italy
15 November 2011 – 12 September 2017
Succeeded by