Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi has been appointed apostolic nuncio to Canada.
The 65-year-old Italian-born prelate had been serving as nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia and Lativa.
The post of nuncio to Canada was left vacant in September of this year, when Archbishop Pedro López Quintana resigned.
LuigiBonazzi was born in Gazzaniga, Italy, on June 19, 1948, and ordained a 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 as 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.