Luciano Suriani

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Luciano Suriani
Delegate for the Papal Representations
See Amiternum
Appointed 24 September 2009
Term ended 7 December 2015
Predecessor Jan Pawłowski
Other posts Titular Archbishop of Amiternum
Ordination 5 August 1981
by Vincenzo Fagiolo
Consecration 26 April 2008
by Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone
Personal details
Born (1957-01-11) 11 January 1957 (age 60)
Atessa, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia (2008)
Coat of arms Luciano Suriani's coat of arms
Styles of
Luciano Suriani
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style n/a

Luciano Suriani (born 11 January 1957) is a Catholic archbishop and Delegate for the Pontifical Representations. He had previously served as Nuncio to Bolivia.

Suriani was born in 1957 in Atessa, Chieti. He was ordained a priest on 5 August 1981. He was incarditated in the diocese of Chieti-Vasto. He earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 June 1990, and worked in the papal diplomatic missions to Ivory Coast, Switzerland, the Section for Relations with States at the Secretariat of State, and the Nunciature to Italy, by which time he held the rank of counselor.

Apart from Italian, he knows Spanish, French and English.

He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia on 22 February 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. [1] On 26 April 2008 he was ordained a bishop by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone SDB, with principal co-consecrators Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran and Archbishop Bruno Forte.

He resigned from the position as Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia after nine months due to reasons of health related to the capital La Paz's altitude, at 3,640 metres above sea level. Potentially fatal health problems, such as high altitude pulmonary edema and cerebral edema, have been known to occur at levels above 2,200 metres.[1]

On 24 September 2009 Archbishop Suriani was appointed as Delegate to the Pontifical Representations by Pope Benedict at the Secretariat of State[2] He is thus responsible for assignments to Vatican embassies around the world.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ivo Scapolo
Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia
22 February 2008 – 21 November 2008
Succeeded by
Giambattista Diquattro
Preceded by
Carlo Maria Viganò
Delegate to the Pontifical Representations
24 September 2009 – 7 December 2015
Succeeded by
Jan Pawłowski