Nikola Eterović

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Nikola Eterović
Apostolic Nuncio to Germany
Titular Archbishop of Cibalae
Appointed21 September 2013
PredecessorJean-Claude Périsset
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Cibalae
Ordination26 June 1977
by Celestin Bezmalinović
Consecration10 July 1999
by Angelo Sodano
Personal details
Nikola Eterović

(1951-01-20) 20 January 1951 (age 73)
Previous post(s)
MottoCaput anguli Christus (Christ is the corner head)
Styles of
Nikola Eterović
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Nikola Eterović (born 20 January 1951) is a Croatian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been a titular archbishop and the Apostolic Nuncio to Germany since 2013.


Nikola Eterović was born on 20 January 1951 in Pučišća. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Hvar on 26 June 1977 by Bishop Celestin Bezmalinović.[1]

To prepare for a diplomatic career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1977.[2] On 25 March 1980 he joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He fulfilled early assignments in the Apostolic Nunciatures in the Côte d'Ivoire, Spain, and Nicaragua and in the offices of the Secretariat of State.[1]

Pope John Paul II appointed him titular archbishop of Sisak and Apostolic Nuncio to the Ukraine on 22 May 1999.[3] He was consecrated a bishop on 10 July 1999 by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, assisted by Ante Jurić, Archbishop of Split, and Slobodan Štambuk, Bishop of Hvar.

On 11 February 2004, he was named general secretary of the Synod of Bishops.[1]

On 27 November 2009, anticipating the creation of the Diocese of Sisak on 5 December, Eterović was made titular archbishop of Cibalae by Pope Benedict XVI.[4] Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Germany on 21 September 2013.[5]

Eterović was named a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on 9 May 2009[6] and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization on 20 December 2010.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Rinunce e Nomine, 11.02.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 11 February 2004. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1950 – 1999" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXXI. 1999. p. 721. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. CI. 2009. p. 1070. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 21.09.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 09.05.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. CIII. 2011. pp. 81–2. Retrieved 26 January 2020.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine
22 May 1999–11 February 2004
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
11 February 2004–21 September 2013
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Germany
21 September 2013–present