Appointment of Apostolic Nuncio to CanadaWednesday, December 18 2013
His Holiness Pope Francis today, December 18, 2013, appointed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi Apostolic Nuncio to Canada. At the time of his appointment, Archbishop Bonazzi was Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The previous Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Reverend Pedro López Quintana, ended his mission in Canada at the end of September 2013 in order to receive a new assignment from the Holy Father.
Archbishop Bonazzi was born in Gazzaniga, Italy, on June 19, 1948, and ordained priest on June 30, 1973, for the Diocese of Bergamo. Having obtained a Doctorate in Education, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on March 25, 1980. He previously served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See in Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago, Malta, Mozambique, Spain, the U.S.A., and Italy, as well in Canada. On June 19, 1999, Archbishop Bonazzi was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, following which he was named Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba on March 30, 2004, and then Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania and Estonia, as of March 14, 2009, and to Latvia, as of March 25, 2009. The date for his official installation as Apostolic Nuncio to Canada has not yet been announced.