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Luigi Bonazzi

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Luigi Bonazzi
Apostolic Nuncio to Albania
Titular Archbishop of Atella
Appointed10 December 2020
PredecessorCharles John Brown
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Atella
Ordination30 June 1973
by Clemente Gaddi
Consecration26 August 1999
by Angelo Sodano
Personal details
Born (1948-06-19) 19 June 1948 (age 76)
Previous post(s)
Alma mater
MottoCredidimus caritati
('We have believed the love', 1 John 4:16)
Styles of
Luigi Bonazzi
Coat of arms of Luigi Bonazzi
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Luigi Bonazzi is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who works in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He has been the apostolic nuncio to Albania since December 2020. He was the apostolic nuncio to Canada from December 2013 to December 2020.


Luigi Bonazzi was born on 19 June 1948 in Gazzaniga, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 30 June 1973. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Sciences from the Salesian Pontifical University (Rome), and a Licence in Theology and in Canon Law from the Lateran Pontifical University (Rome).[1]

Diplomatic career[edit]

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 25 March 1980.[citation needed] He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See in Cameroon (1980-83), Trinidad and Tobago (1983-86), Malta (1986-89), Mozambique, Spain (1991-94), the United States (1994-96), and Italy (1996-99).[1]

On 19 June 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him titular Archbishop of Atella and Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti.[1] He was consecrated a bishop in Bergamo Cathedral on 26 August 1999 by Cardinal Angelo Sodano.[2] John Paul named him Nuncio to Cuba on 30 March 2004.[3]

On 14 March 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Bonazzi Nuncio to Lithuania and Estonia.[4] He was named Nuncio to Latvia as well on 25 March.[5]

Pope Francis appointed him Nuncio to Canada on 18 December 2013.[1][6] On 22 February 2019, a Canadian man, Christian Vachon, charged that Bonazzi's predecessor as nuncio, Luigi Ventura, had touched him improperly in July 2008 when he was 32.[7][8] Vachon said Bonazzi called him the day he registered his complaint to discuss it.[9]

On 10 December 2020, Pope Francis named him Apostolic Nuncio to Albania.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Francis appoints Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi as Apostolic Nuncio to Canada". LaStampa.it. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Homily for the Episcopal Consecration Mass of Bishop Luigi Bonazzi" (in Italian). Secretariat of State. 16 August 1999. Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.03.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 30 March 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 14.03.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 14 March 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 25.03.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 18.12.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ Vaillancourt, Philippe (26 February 2019). "Première plainte d'inconduite sexuelle au Canada contre l'ancien nonce". Présence (in French). Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  8. ^ "French nuncio accused of sexual misconduct during time in Canada". Catholic News Agency. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  9. ^ Vaillancourt, Philippe (28 February 2019). "Vatican embassy confirms complaint of sexual misconduct against ex-nuncio". Crux. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 10.12.2020" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.

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