Luís Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba

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Luís Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba
Apostolic Nuncio of Mozambique
Titular Archbishop of Nasai
Appointed23 January 2024
PredecessorPiergiorgio Bertoldi
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Nasai
Ordination28 June 1992
by Marcelo González Martín
Consecration25 July 2020
by Pietro Parolin, Paul Gallagher, and Francisco Cerro Chaves
Personal details
Born (1965-08-25) August 25, 1965 (age 58)
Previous post(s)
MottoPro Ecclesia Et Eclesiis
Styles of
Luís Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Luis Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba (born 25 August 1965) is a Spanish prelate of the Catholic Church who works in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 2001.


Luis Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba was born in Vallelado in Segovia province, Spain, on 25 August 1965. He earned a law degree at the Complutense University of Madrid. He prepared for the priesthood in Toledo at the Greater Seminary and the Superior Institute of Theological Studies of San Ildefonso. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Toledo on 28 June 1992 by Cardinal Marcelo González Martín, Archbishop of Toledo.[1]

He continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Spanish College. He obtained a doctorate in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a degree in canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.[1] His dissertation at the Gregorian analyzed Pope John Paul II's Pastor Bonus as an elaboration and fulfillment of the reform initiated by Pope Paul VI in addressing the demands and expectations of the Second Vatican Council.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

He joined the staff of the Secretariat of State in 1994. To prepare for a career in the diplomatic service, he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1999 and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 2001. His assignments have included stints in the apostolic nunciatures in Greece, Mexico, Belgium, Italy, Australia, France, and Turkey.[1]

On 31 March 2020, Pope Francis appointed him titular archbishop of Nasai and Apostolic Nuncio to both Sudan and Eritrea.[3] Plans for his ordination are on hold pending the relaxation of restrictions on movement and public gatherings imposed as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

The consecration finally took place on July 25, 2020, presided by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Cardinal Secretary of State, with Archbishops Paul Richard Gallagher and Francisco Cerro Chaves served as co-consecrators, in the Toledo Cathedral.

On 23 January 2024, Pope Francis appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to Mozambique.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Cruz, Rubén (31 March 2020). "El sacerdote de Toledo Luis Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba, nuevo nuncio en Sudán y Eritrea". Vida Nueva Digital (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 1 April 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  2. ^ Muñoz Cárdaba, Luis Miguel (June 1999). Principios eclesiológicos de la "Pastor Bonus". Tesi Gregoriana: Serie Teologia 56 (in Spanish). Rome: Gregorian University Press.
  3. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 31.03.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  4. ^ "El Papa Francisco nombra nuncio en Sudán y Eritrea a un sacerdote segoviana". El Adelantado (in Spanish). 1 April 2020. Archived from the original on 4 April 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 23.01.2024". Retrieved January 23, 2024.