|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Ventura was born in 1944 in Borgosatollo, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1969 at the age of 25 for the diocese of Brescia. He was called to work for the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1978. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He is a doctor of letters and holds a licentiate in canon law. He served in Brazil, Bolivia and the United Kingdom until 1984.
He then served with the Section for Relations with States at the Vatican Secretariat of State until 1995. Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Equilium on 25 March 1995 and appointed him as Apostolic Nuncio to the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger. He was consecrated on 29 April 1995 by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. He was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Chile in 1999, serving there until 2001, when the Pope named him Apostolic Nuncio to Canada.
He speaks Italian, French, Spanish and English.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Apostolic Nuncio to Chile
25 March 1999 – 22 June 2001
| Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
22 June 2001 – 22 September 2009
Pedro Lopez Quintana
| Apostolic Nuncio to France
22 September 2009 – incumbent