Franco Coppola

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Franco Coppola
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Franco Coppola (born 31 March 1957) is the current Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico since his appointment by Pope Francis.

Coppola was born in Maglie in 1957. He was ordained priest on 12 September 1981. He was incardinted in the diocese of Otranto. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy while at the same time studying for a doctorate in canon law at a pontifical university. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 1993, he served at the pontifical representations in Lebanon, Colombia, Poland and at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

In 2003 as the Middle East director Coppola accompanied Cardinal Etchegaray to Iraq on a peace mission before the US led war began.[1]

He served with the rank of Counsellor at the Nunciature in Burundi.

On 16 July 2009 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Titular Archbishop of Vinda.[2][3]

He was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI with Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone and William Levada as co-consecrators on 12 September 2009, the twenty-eighth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, along with Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Giorgio Corbellini and Pietro Parolin.

He speaks French, Spanish and English.

In 2016 he was appointed apostolic nuncio to Mexico replacing Christophe Pierre who was appointed nuncio to the United States.

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Episcopal lineage
Consecrated by: Pope Benedict XVI
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paul Gallagher
Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi
16 July 2009 – 31 January 2014
Succeeded by
Wojciech Załuski
Preceded by
Jude Thaddeus Okolo
Apostolic Nuncio to the Central African Republic
31 January 2014 – 9 July 2016
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
Jude Thaddeus Okolo
Apostolic Nuncio to Chad
2 April 2014 – 9 July 2016
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico
9 July 2016 – incumbent
Succeeded by
incumbent