Piero Pioppo

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Piero Pioppo
Apostolic Nuncio of Indonesia and ASEAN
Titular Archbishop of Torcello
Piero Pioppo in February 2018
Appointed8 September 2017
PredecessorAntonio Guido Filipazzi
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Torcello
Ordination10 October 1987
by Giuseppe Siri
Consecration18 March 2010
by Pope Benedict XVI, Angelo Sodano, and Tarcisio Bertone
Personal details
Born (1963-10-08) 8 October 1963 (age 60)
Previous post(s)
Coat of armsPiero Pioppo's coat of arms
Styles of
Piero Pioppo
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Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Piero Pioppo (born 29 September 1960) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church, who has been Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia since 2017.


Piero Pioppo was born in Savona, in Liguria, on 29 September 1960.[1] He studied at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Turin.[2]

Piero Pioppo was ordained a priest on 28 June 1985 for the diocese of Acqui[1][2] First named vicar of a parish at Carcare, he was sent to Rome to continue his studies. He has a degree in dogmatic theology and a degree in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. For a year, he taught Catholic Theology in Alessandria.[2]

In 1991 he completed the course of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 1993 and then filled assignments in South Korea and Chile, and then in Rome in the General Affairs Section of the Secretariat of State.[1] At the end of 1999, he became the private secretary to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Secretary of State.[2]

From 2006 to 2010 he was prelate of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), serving as secretary for the Commission of Cardinals that oversees the IOR.[3]

On 25 January 2010, Piero Pioppo was named apostolic nuncio to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea and titular archbishop of Torcello.[1][a] On 18 March he received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the secretary of state.[2]

On 8 September 2017, Pope Francis appointed him apostolic nunciature to Indonesia[6] and on 19 March 2018 also the role of nuncio to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).[7][b]

He led the delegation of the Holy See to the October 2018 conference in Bali "Our Ocean, Our Legacy",[9][10] Pioppo then organized Pope Francis' meeting with Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti in December at which Francis endorsed her aggressive program to restrict illegal fishing.[11]


  1. ^ His appointed to Cameroon can be interpreted as a new Secretary of State removing his predecessor's allies.[4][5]
  2. ^ The role of Nuncio to ASEAN was previously exercised by the nuncio to Singapore.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Rinunce e Nomine, 25.01.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "L'altarese Piero Pioppo consacrato Arcivescovo in San Pietro, il 18 marzo" (in Italian). 20 March 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Dichiaraziobe del Direttore della Sala Stampa: Nomina del Nuovo Prelate dello IOR, 15.06.2013" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ Fittipaldi, Emiliano. "Tutto il potere del cardinale". L'Espresso (in Italian). Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  5. ^ Ingrao, Ignazio. "Battaglia in Vaticano". Panorama (in Italian). Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.09.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 19.03.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 13.09.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Intervento del Nunzio Apostolico in Indonesia alla Conferenza "Our Ocean, Our Legacy" (Bali, 29-30 ottobre 2018), 30.10.2018". Holy See Press Office. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Oceani: mons. Pioppo (Santa Sede), "assicurare una reale protezione"". Agen SIR. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  11. ^ Epa, Konradus (14 December 2018). "Pope 'backs' Indonesia's tough illegal fishing policy". UCA News. Retrieved 6 June 2019. Susi Pudjiastuti, who met the pope on Dec. 12, has caused controversy for her no-nonsense approach to dealing with illegal fishing, which she says has seriously depleted fish stocks and damaged maritime ecological systems. As part of her campaign she has ordered Indonesian security forces to blow up and sink hundreds of fishing vessels, both local and foreign, caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. At least 448 ships have been sunk since she took office in October, 2014.

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