|President of the Governorate of Vatican City State|
|Appointed||1 October 2011|
Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia|
President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State
Member of the Council of Cardinal Advisers
29 June 1966|
by Albino Mensa
28 November 1987|
by Agostino Casaroli
18 February 2012|
by Benedict XVI
1 October 1942|
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Benin (1987–1991)|
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Ghana (1987–1991)
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Togo (1987–1991)
Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda (1991–1995)
Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations in Geneva (1995–2000)
Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico (2000–2007)
Apostolic Nuncio to Italy (2007–2011)
Apostolic Nuncio to San Marino (2007–2011)
|Alma mater||Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy|
|Motto||narrabo nomen tuum|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Giuseppe Bertello (born 1 October 1942) is a Catholic prelate and Cardinal currently serving as the President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
Bertello was ordained a priest on 29 June 1966 by Bishop Albino Mensa. He earned a licence in pastoral theology and a doctorate in canon law. He went on to attend the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy where he studied diplomacy.
He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1971, and worked until 1973 in the nunciature to the Sudan, which was also the apostolic delegation for the Red Sea region. From 1973 to 1976, he was secretary at the nunciature to Turkey, becoming a Chaplain of His Holiness on 9 February 1976. He was secretary in the nunciature to Venezuela from 1976 to 1981, and served with the rank of auditor in the Office of the Organization of the United Nations in Geneva from 1981 to 1987. In 1987, he headed the delegation of observers of the Holy See to the Conference of Foreign Ministers of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries in Pyongyang, North Korea where he was the first Catholic priest to be able to visit the small Catholic community of that country, isolated since the Korean War.
On 17 October 1987, Pope John Paul II named him Titular Archbishop of Urbs Salvia and appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Togo and Benin. He was consecrated on 28 November by Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli, with Bishops Albino Mensa and Luigi Bettazzi as the principal co-consecrators. On 12 January 1991, he was transferred to Rwanda, where he witnessed the buildup to the Tutsi Genocide in 1994. He was the first diplomatic figure to withdraw when the genocide erupted following the assassination of President Habyarimana on 6 April.
In March 1995, John Paul II appointed him Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva from 1997, with the same role at the World Trade Organization. Upon his appointment Bertello negotiated the status of the Holy See as permanent observer in the World Trade Organization, becoming its first representative.
On 27 December 2000, John Paul named him Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico. On 30 July 2002, he received the Pope arriving on an apostolic visit in the country for the canonisation of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. In 2007, Bertello was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and the Republic of San Marino by Pope Benedict XVI.
On 3 September 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bertello President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President of the Governorate of Vatican City State, effective 1 October 2011, his 69th birthday. On 6 January 2012, Pope Benedict announced that Bertello would be made a cardinal. He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia on 18 February. On 21 April Benedict appointed him to a five-year term as a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
On 13 April 2013 he was appointed to a group cardinals established by Francis to advise him and to study a plan for restructuring the Roman Curia. Francis also renewed his appointment at the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State to 2021.
- "Rinuncia del Presidente della Pontificia Commissione per lö Stato della Città del Vaticano e Presidente del Governatorato del Medesimo Stato e Nomina del Successore" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "List of Cardinal Electors". Zenit. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
- "Comunicato della Segreteria di Stato, 13.04.2013" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- "Bertello Card. Giuseppe". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
|Catholic Church titles|
José Roberto López Londoño
|— TITULAR —
Archbishop of Urbs Salvia pro hac vice
| Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia|
Paul Fouad Tabet
| Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations in Geneva
| Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico
| Apostolic Nuncio to Italy
| Apostolic Nuncio to San Marino|
| President of the Governorate of the Vatican
| President of the Pontifical Commission of the Vatican|