Tommaso Caputo

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Tommaso Caputo
Bishop-Prelate of Pompei
Bishop Caputo (center) during a Mass in Pompei.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed10 November 2012
PredecessorCarlo Liberati
Other post(s)Pontifical Delegate for the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii (2012-)
Ordination10 April 1974
by Corrado Ursi
Consecration29 September 2007
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Tommaso Caputo

(1950-10-17) 17 October 1950 (age 73)
Previous post(s)
Alma mater
MottoAdjutores gaudii vestri
Coat of armsTommaso Caputo's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Tommaso Caputo
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byPope Benedict XVI
Date29 September 2007

Tommaso Caputo (born 17 October 1950) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from 1980 to 2012, when he was named Territorial Prelate of Pompei.


Tommaso Caputo was born on 17 October 1950 in Afragola in Naples, Italy. He studied at the seminary in Naples and obtained a licenciate in sacred theology at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy. He was ordained a priest on 10 April 1974. His early assignments including the formation of seminarians, parish vicar, and religion teacher in the public schools.[1]

To prepare for a diplomatic career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1976.[2] While there, he also earned a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University.[1] Caputo joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 25 March 1980 where he occupied various posts at the Apostolic Nunciatures in Rwanda (1980–1984), the Philippines (1984–1987), Venezuela (1987–1989), and at the Secretariat of State (1989–1993).[1] On 19 June 1993 he was named Head of Protocol in the Secretariat of State.[3]

Caputo was appointed Titular Archbishop of Otriculum and Apostolic Nuncio to Malta and Libya on 3 September 2007.[3] He was ordained a bishop by Pope Benedict XVI (principal consecrator), and the Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone and Marian Jaworski, on 29 September 2007.[4] In March 2011, as the political situation in Libya was becoming violent, he appealed for Italy to accept Eritrean refugees trapped in Libya. He reported that Catholic religious in the country were not in danger as "the Libyan people, as traditionally they have always done, are expressing their gratitude for the presence and service of the women religious and priests. In these days this benevolence is shown with concrete gestures of solidarity".[5]

He held his post as Nuncio until his appointment as prelate of the Territorial Prelature of Pompei on 10 November 2012.[6] Pope Francis approved his additional appointment to the office of Assessor of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre effective September 2019.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Caputo, Tommaso (19 September 2019). "Msgr. Tommaso Caputo, new Assessor of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre" (Interview). Interviewed by François Vayne. Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1950 – 1999" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Rinunce e Nomine, 03.09.2007" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Cappella Papale per L'Ordinazione Episcopale di Sei Ecc.Mi Presuli, 29.09.2007" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Nuncio in Libya Seeks Aid for Fleeing Eritreans". Zenit. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 10.11.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
Succeeded by
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Libya
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Prelate of the Territorial Prelature of Pompei