Bruno Torpigliani

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Bruno Torpigliani (15 April 1915 – 2 May 1995) was an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He was made an archbishop in 1964 and served as Apostolic Nuncio to several countries, including the Philippines for 17 years.


Bruno Torpigliani was born in the town of Montecontieri outside Asciano, Italy, on 15 April 1915 to Francesco Torpigliani and Laura Landi. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Arezzo on 24 October 1937. He was assigned to the parish in his home town and taught at Marconi Technical Institute in Asciano.[1]

To prepare for a diplomatic career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1944.[2] He also earned a doctorates in theology and canon law.[3]

He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1946, starting in the offices of the Secretariat of State, then fulfilling assignments in Colombia from 1948 to 1951, Peru for a year, then at the Secretariat from 1952 to 1960, and then in London from 1960 to 1964.[1]

On 1 September 1964, Pope John XXIII appointed him titular archbishop of Malliana and Apostolic Nuncio El Salvador and to the Guatemala.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on 25 October 1964 from Cardinal Amleto Cicognani.[citation needed]

On 3 August 1968, Pope Paul VI named him Apostolic Nuncio to Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo).[5]

On 6 June 1973, Pope Paul named him Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.[6] At times he sided with the Marcos regime and was rebuffed by the Philippine bishops.[7] He retired seventeen years later in April 1990 when he reached the age of 75.[a]

He died in Asciano on 3 May 1995.[3][8]


  1. ^ His successor as Nuncio to the Philippines, Gian Vincenzo Moreni, was appointed on 8 September 1990.


  1. ^ a b "Bruno Torpigliani, ambasciatore di Pace e Misericordia" (PDF). Crete Sinesi. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1900 – 1949" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Long-Serving Nuncio to Philippines through Martial Law Dies". UCA News. 9 May 1995. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LVI. 1964. p. 863, 955. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LX. 1968. p. 544. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXV. 1973. p. 349. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  7. ^ Kamm, Henry (9 February 1977). "Church's Ties With Manila Strained". New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  8. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXVII. 1995. p. 600. Retrieved 22 April 2020.

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