Ivan Jurkovič

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Ivan Jurkovič
Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
Titular Archbishop of Krbava
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed6 June 2021
PredecessorLuigi Bonazzi
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Krbava
Ordination29 July 1977
by Jože Pogacnik
Consecration6 October 2001
by Angelo Sodano
Personal details
Ivan Jurkovič

(1952-06-10) 10 June 1952 (age 71)
Previous post(s)
Alma mater
MottoOmnia in caritate ("All things in love")
Styles of
Ivan Jurkovič
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Ivan Jurkovič (born 10 June 1952) is a Slovenian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada since June 2021. He has worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1984 and previously served as the Nuncio to Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Uzbekistan.


Born in Kočevje, southern Slovenia, Ivan Jurkovič was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1977. Jurkovič obtained a theology degree from the University of Ljubljana.

Diplomatic career[edit]

He was trained as diplomat in the Pontifical University and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1984, serving as a secretary in the Pontifical Representations in South Korea. In 1988 he obtained Doctor of Canon Law degree from the Pontifical Lateran University and from 1988 to 1992 served as a financial auditor in the Pontifical Representations in Colombia.

From 1992 to 1996 he was appointed as consultant to the Apostolic Nunciature in Russia. At the same time he served as Professor of Canon Law at the St. Thomas Institute of Philosophy, Theology and History in Moscow, where he published the following books: "Marriage Law" (Moscow, 1993), "Canon Law on the People of God" (Moscow, 1993), "Latin-Russian Dictionary of Terms and Expressions of the Code of Canon Law" (with A. Koval, Moscow, 1995), "Canon Law on the People of God and Marriage" (Second edition, Moscow, 2000). Then he worked as a consultant in the OSCE.

On 28 July 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Krbava and Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus.[1] Jurkovič received his episcopal consecration on 6 October in Ljubljana from Cardinal Angelo Sodano, with Cardinal Franc Rode and Archbishop Edmond Y. Farhat serving as co-consecrators.[citation needed]

He was reassigned as Nuncio to Ukraine on 22 April 2004.[2] Jurkovič was named Nuncio to Russia on 19 February 2011,[3] just fourteen months after the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Russia and the Holy See.[4] On 22 July 2011 Jurkovič was named Nuncio to Uzbekistan as well.[5] On 13 February 2016, Pope Francis named him Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva.[6]

On 5 June 2021, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Canada.[7]

Jurkovič is a Conventual Chaplain Grand Cross ad honorem of the Sovereign Military Order of Hospitalers of Saint John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 28.07.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 July 2001. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.04.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Vatican names new ambassador to Russia". Interfax-religion.com. 21 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Holy See Sends 1st Nuncio to Russia". zenit.org. 27 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Mons. Ivan Jurkovič, nuovo Nunzio Apostolico in Uzbekistan". zenit.com. 22 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 13.02.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 05.06.2021" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Nuncio to Belarus
Succeeded by
Preceded by Nuncio to Ukraine
Succeeded by
Preceded by Nuncio to Uzbekistan
Succeeded by
Preceded by Nuncio to Canada
Preceded by Nuncio to Russia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva
Succeeded by