Luigi Ventura

Styles of
Luigi Ventura
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Luigi Ventura (9 December 1944-) is the current Apostolic Nuncio to France since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 22 September 2009.[1]

Ventura was born in 1944 in Borgosatollo, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1969 at the age of 25 for the diocese of Brescia. He was called to work for the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1978. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He is a doctor of letters and holds a licentiate in canon law. He served in Brazil, Bolivia and the United Kingdom until 1984.

He then served with the Section for Relations with States at the Vatican Secretariat of State until 1995. Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Equilium on 25 March 1995 and appointed hims as Apostolic Nuncio to the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger. He was consecrated on 29 April 1995 by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. He was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Chile in 1999, serving there until 2001, when the Pope named him Apostolic Nuncio to Canada.[2]

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Nuncio to France on 22 September 2009, replacing Fortunato Baldelli who had been appointed as Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

He speaks Italian, French, Spanish and English.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Piero Biggio
Apostolic Nuncio to Chile
25 March 199922 June 2001
Succeeded by
Aldo Cavalli
Preceded by
Paolo Romeo
Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
22 June 200122 September 2009
Succeeded by
Pedro Lopez Quintana
Preceded by
Fortunato Baldelli
Apostolic Nuncio to France
22 September 2009incumbent
Succeeded by
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