Orlando Antonini

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Orlando Antonini
Apostolic Nuncio emeritus of Serbia
Titular Archbishop of Formia
Appointed8 August 2009
Retired30 September 2015
PredecessorEugenio Sbarbaro
SuccessorLuciano Suriani
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Formia
Ordination29 June 1968
by Costantino Stella
Consecration11 September 1999
by Angelo Sodano, Giuseppe Molinari, and Charles Asa Schleck
Personal details
Born (1944-10-15) October 15, 1944 (age 79)
Previous post(s)
Styles of
Orlando Antonini
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Orlando Antonini (born 15 October 1944) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from 1980 to 2015, as an archbishop and apostolic nuncio from 1999 to 2015.


Orlando Antonini was born on 15 October 1944 in Villa Sant'Angelo, Province of L'Aquila, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1968. He earned a doctorate in canon law. On 25 March 1980, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. His early assignments took him to Bangladesh, Madagascar, Syria, Chile, the Netherlands, and France. He also worked in Rome at the Secretariat of State.[1]

On 24 July 1999 Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Formia and Apostolic Nuncio to both Zambia and Malawi.[2] He received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Angelo Sodano on 11 September 1999.[1]

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Nuncio on 16 November 2005 to Paraguay,[3] and on 8 August 2009 to the Apostolic Nuncio in Serbia.[4]

He retired on 30 September 2015.

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  1. ^ a b "El arzobispo Orlando Antonini, nuevo nuncio apostólico para Paraguay". Zenit (in Spanish). 16 November 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Nomina del Nunzio Apostolico in Zambia ed in Malawi" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 24 July 1999.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 16.11.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.07.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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