Giovanni Tonucci

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Coat of arms of Giovanni Tonucci.

Monsignor Giovanni Tonucci (born December 4, 1941 in Fano, PU, Italy) is a Latin Rite Italian archbishop of the Catholic Church. He was recently named the Territorial Prelate of Loreto. His previous post was as the Apostolic Nuncio (Papal ambassador) to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

Diplomatic activity[edit]

From 1971 till the end of 1973 his diplomatic career brought him first to Yaoundé, Cameroon, then, from 1974 to 1976 he was in London, United Kingdom. From July 1976 he was back in Rome, assigned to the Section for General Affairs of the Holy See Secretariat of State where he worked with Monsignor Agostino Casaroli, until being transferred, in April 1978, to the Section for the Relations with States under the guide of Msgr. Achille Silvestrini. At the end of the 1984 he was assigned to the Apostolic Nunciature in Belgrade, at that time still the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, where he worked until the summer of 1987 before being transferred to the Nunicature to the United States in Washington, D.C., USA.

Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci (Territorial Prelate of Loreto) at celebrations of the feast of Our Lady of Loreto in Għajnsielem on the occasion of the 25th and 125th anniversaries of the consecration of village’s old and new churches. Location of celebration dinner was at the Grand Hotel in Gozo

On October 21, 1989 Tonucci was appointed Titular Archbishop of Torcello and Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia. He was consecrated as a Bishop on January 6, 1990 by Pope John Paul II as principal consecrator, with principal co-consecrators Msgr. Giovanni Battista Re and Msgr. Miroslav Stefan Marusyn. He remained in Bolivia until March 9, 1996 when he was named the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN Environment and Human Settlements Programs (UNEP/UN–HABITAT).

Since October 16, 2004 he has been the Apostolic Nuncio (with residence in Stockholm) to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway, where he succeed Msgr. Piero Biggio.

On October 18, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Prelate of Territorial Prelature of Loreto and Pontifical Delegate for the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto.


His brother, don Paolo Maria Tonucci has been a missionary in Brazil from 1965 to 1994, during which he courageously conducted a battle for the rights of the poor people against the usurpations of the military dictatorship, fights that cost to him the title of "unworthy person" to receive the Brazilian citizenship.[1]


  1. ^ (Italian)


  • Giovanni Tonucci, "God's letter to me – 101 questions and answers on the Bible".
  • Giovanni Tonucci, Roberto Ansuini; "Don Paolo". Text by Paolo Tonucci [and oth.], Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Fano, Grapho 5, 2004.
  • Giovanni Tonucci, "Visioni di un pellegrino. Le foto di Mzee Mwenda". Edited in Italian and English, Velar, 2006. ISBN 88-7135-233-5.
  • Giovanni Tonucci, Massimo Ciavaglia, "El Vangel cum l'ha scrit San Marc". (dialect of Fano), Ven. Confraternitas Sanctae Mariae Suffragii, Fano, 2007.

Episcopal Lineage and Apostolic Succession[edit]

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Alternate Permanent Observer to the OAS
1987 – October 21, 1989
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gino Paro
Archbishop of Torcello
October 21, 1989 – October 18, 2007
Succeeded by
Gianfranco Gardin
Preceded by
Santos Abril y Castelló
Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia
October 21, 1989 – March 9, 1996
Succeeded by
Giacomo Guido Ottonello
Preceded by
Clemente Faccani
Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya
March 9, 1996 – October 16, 2004
Succeeded by
Alain Paul Charles Lebeaupin
Preceded by
Permanent Observer to UNEP/UN-HABITAT
1997 – October 16, 2004
Succeeded by
Alain Paul Charles Lebeaupin
Preceded by
Piero Biggio
Apostolic Nuncio to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway
October 16, 2004 – October 18, 2007
Succeeded by
Emil Paul Tscherrig
Preceded by
Gianni Danzi
Prelate of Loreto
October 18, 2007 – present
Succeeded by