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The Apostolic Nunciature to the Republic of Portugal
is an ecclesiastical office of the Catholic Church in Portugal
Portugal , officially the Portuguese Republic is a country situated in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South and by Spain to the North and East. The Atlantic archipelagos of the...
. It is a diplomatic post of the Holy See
The Holy See is the episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, in which its Bishop is commonly known as the Pope. It is the preeminent episcopal see of the Catholic Church, forming the central government of the Church. As such, diplomatically, and in other spheres the Holy See acts and...
, whose representative is called the Apostolic Nuncio with the rank of an ambassador. For much of the 19th and 20th Centuries the holders of the office have gone on to hold positions in the Roman Curia
The Roman Curia is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church, together with the Pope...
that customarily been held by cardinals. This custom has now ceased, though is still in use in France
The Apostolic Nunciature to the French Republic is an ecclesiastical office of the Catholic Church in France. It is a diplomatic post of the Holy See, whose representative is called the Apostolic Nuncio with the rank of an ambassador....
Apostolic Nuncios to Portugal
- José Macchi (Jan 1904 - 7 Jun 1906)
- Giulio Tonti
Giulio Tonti was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Religious from 1917 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1915.-Biography:...
(4 Oct 1906 - 25 Oct 1910 )
- Achille Locatelli
Achille Locatelli was a Roman Catholic cardinal. He worked in papal diplomacy, and among other positions, he was nuntius in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Belgium and Luxembourg, and in Portugal.He was made cardinal in 1922 by Pope Pius XI....
(13 Jul 1918 - May 1923 )
- Sebastiano Nicotra (Jul 1923 - 1928 )
- Giovanni Beda Cardinale, O.S.B. (21 Jun 1928 - 1 Dec 1933 )
- Pietro Ciriaci
Pietro Ciriaci was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as prefect of the Sacred Congregation of the Council in the Roman Curia from 1954 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.-Biography:Ciriaci was born in Rome to Giuseppe Ciriaci and his...
(9 Jan 1934 - 12 Jan 1953 )
- Fernando Cento
Fernando Cento was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Major Penitentiary of Apostolic Penitentiary....
(26 Oct 1953 - 1958 )
- Giovanni Panico
Giovanni Panico was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Nuncio to Portugal from 1959 to 1962, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1962.-Biography:...
(25 Jan 1959 - 1962 )
- Maximilien de Fürstenberg
Maximilien Louis Hubert Egon Vincent Marie Joseph, Freiherr von Fürstenberg-Stammheim also Maximilian Kardinal von Fürstenberg was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and was Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.He was born in the castle of Ter Worm, Heerlen, The Netherlands,...
(28 Apr 1962 - 26 Jun 1967 )
- Giuseppe Sensi
Giuseppe Maria Sensi was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as a longtime Vatican diplomat.Sensi was born in Cosenza, Italy as the sixth of ten children of a prominent local politician...
(8 Jul 1967 - 1976 )
- Angelo Felici (13 May 1976 - 27 Aug 1979 )
- Sante Portalupi (15 Dec 1979 - 31 Mar 1984 )
- Salvatore Asta (1984 - 1989 )
- Luciano Angeloni (31 Jul 1989 - 15 Mar 1993 )
- Edoardo Rovida (15 Mar 1993 - 12 Oct 2002 )
- Alfio Rapisarda (12 Oct 2002 - 8 Nov 2008)
- Rino Passigato
Archbishop Rino Passigato is the current Roman Catholic Apostolic Nuncio to Portugal. He was ordained a Priest on the 29 Jun 1968 in Verona, Italy. In 1991 he was appointed to be the Titular Archbishop of Nova Caesaris and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Burundi. By 1996 he was Apostolic Nuncio to...
(8 Nov 2008 - )