Saturday, 28 September 2013

Papal Nuncio to Canada abruptly resigns

Sources close to this writer advised a few days ago that the Papal Nuncio to Canada would be replaced sometime in October, perhaps around the 15th. In an unexpected occurrence, the Most Rev. Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada and Titular Archbishop of Agropoli resigned earlier today. No reason is yet known for the rumoured replacement or now, the sudden resignation and no announcement from the Holy See or the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has been made.  

Born in Barbastro, Spain, on July 27, 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood by His Holiness Pope John Paul II for the Archdiocese of Compostella, Spain on June 15, 1980.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on February 10, 1984 and has served in the Apostolic Nunciatures of Madagascar, the Philippines and India. He was appointed Assessor for General Affairs for the Secretariat of State of the Holy See on February 7, 1998.
He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Agropoli and Apostolic Nuncio on December 12, 2002, and received episcopal ordination by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on January 6, 2003. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal on February 8, 2003. Then Holy Father Benedict XVI named him Apostolic Nuncio to Canada on December 10, 2009.

Below is the chronology of Archbishop Luigi Ventura. It is worth noting that the "Events" between Apostolic Nucicature's were "appointments," not resignations. This was also the case with Archbishop Quintana's previous appointments and the Nuncio previous to +Ventura. 

9 Dec 194468.80BornBorgosatollo, Italy
14 Jun 196924.5Ordained PriestPriest of BresciaItaly
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedTitular Archbishop of Equilium
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Côte d’Ivoire
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Niger
29 Apr 199550.4Ordained BishopTitular Archbishop of Equilium
25 Mar 199954.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Chile
22 Jun 200156.5AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Canada
22 Sep 200964.8AppointedApostolic Nuncio to France
In an article logged in the comment box to this report, the Archbishop spoke last week at the CCCB Annual Plenary and indicated that he was being "called back to Rome."

Let us remember Archbishop Ventura in our prayers.

As information becomes available this post will be updated.


Me said...

his final address to Canada’s Catholic bishops Sept. 23, the papal
nuncio told the bishops Pope Francis was giving them “a powerful lesson
on the qualities that should characterize the episcopal ministry.”

Vox Cantoris said...

The article to which you point to was posted yesterday. We were aware on Thursday that he would be replaced.

The point is, he has "resigned."

Why, if a Nuncio was being called back and re-assigned, would he "resign?"

That is the point of this post.