Luigi Barbarito

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The Most Reverend
Luigi Barbarito
Titular Archbishop of Fiorentino
Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 11 June 1969
Installed 10 August 1969
Other posts Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Great Britain
Personal details
Born (1922-04-19)19 April 1922
Atripalda, Italy
Died 12 March 2017(2017-03-12) (aged 94)
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Styles of
Luigi Barbarito
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop

Luigi Barbarito (19 April 1922 – 12 March 2017) was an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is most noted for his career, spanning four decades between 1969 and 1997, as an Apostolic Nuncio for the Holy See.

Early life and ministry[edit]

Born in Atripalda on 19 April 1922, Barbarito studied at the seminary of the Diocese of Avellino and at the Pontifical Seminary of Benevento, being ordained a priest 20 August 1944. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, graduating in July 1947. In November 1953, after undertaking preparation for the diplomatic service of the Church, Barbarito begins his diplomatic career as an apostolic delegate in Oceania.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 11 June 1969 Pope Paul VI appointed Barbarito Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. With this new role, he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop, becoming titular archbishop of Fiorentino. He received his episcopal ordination from the hands of Cardinal Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, the Cardinal Bishop of Frascati, with co-consecrators Archbishop Agostino Casaroli of the titular diocese of Cartagine and Bishop Pasquale Venezia of the Diocese of Avellino. After six years as Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, on 5 April 1975, Pope Paul VI transferred Barbarito to the Apostolic Pro-Nunciature in Niger and Senegal, as well as appointing him the Apostolic Delegate to Mali, Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau (the later being a new post). Three years later, on 10 June 1978, Pope Paul once again transferred Barbarito, this time to the Apostolic Nunciature to Australia.

On 21 January 1986 Pope John Paul II entrusted Barbarito with the role of Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Great Britain, becoming the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain on 13 April 1993. The same pope accepted Barbarito resignation, due to retirement, on 31 July 1997.[1] During his time in the United Kingdom, he became Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, an honour placed on him indicating that he was the longest-serving foreign diplomat in London.[2] During his career, he was a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and he has written many books explaining and reflecting on the location and situation of the Church in time.

Honours and titles[edit]

In 1994 Barbarito became Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, after becoming the longest-serving foreign diplomat in London.[2] Barbarito was appointed an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.[3] In December 2013 Barbarito was awarded the title Ecclesiastical Knight Grand Cross of Grace of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, an order which he had been first invested into in 1986.[4]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ "Dono omaggio Monsignor Luigi Barbarito". Biblioteca Statale di Montevergine (in Italian). 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Investiture of Constantinian Chaplain Archbishop Luigi Barbarito - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
Catholic Church titles
New title Titular Archbishop of Fiorentino
Preceded by
Marie-Joseph Lemieux
Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
Succeeded by
Luigi Conti
Preceded by
Giovanni Mariani
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Senegal
Succeeded by
Luigi Dossena
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Niger
Apostolic Delegate to Mauritania
Apostolic Delegate to Mali
New creation Apostolic Delegate to Guinea-Bissau
Preceded by
Gino Paro
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Australia
Succeeded by
Franco Brambilla
Preceded by
Bruno Bernard Heim
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Great Britain
Succeeded by
as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain
Preceded by
as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Great Britain
Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain
Succeeded by
Pablo Puente Buces

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