Apostolic nuncio in the Baltic States: archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana
T. Kosciuškos g. 28
LT 2001 Vilnius
Tel: (00) 370 5 212 36 96, 22 34 46
Fakss: (00) 370 212 42 28
I-V: 9.00 - 13.00, 15.00 - 18.00
VI: 10.00 - 12.00
Secretary: Giovanni Gaspari
Diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Latvia started in 1921. That year in Latvia arrived first apostolic delegate Antonino Zecchini who represented the Holy See also in Estonia and Lithuania. The Nunciature was situated on Jura Alunāna street 2, Riga. After the occupation period (1940-1991) diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Latvia was officially restored on October 1, 1991, defining the representation in the level of embassy and nunciature. The residence of apostolic nuncio in Latvia is located in Vilnius, Lithuania. As apostolic nuncio in Lithuania, he also represents the Holy See in Latvia and Estonia.
Papal legates and apostolic nuncios in Latvia
Achille Ratti, later known as Pius XI, was the first papal legate who arrived in Riga on 20 March 1920 as apostolic visitator, nuncio in Poland. During his visit the principles of Concordat between the Holy See and Latvia were worked out.
Antonino Zecchini was the first apostolic administrator in Latvia. From 1922 to 1926 he was a papal legate, from 1926 to 1928 - apostolic internuncio and from 1928 to 1935 - apostolic nuncio in Latvia. Permanent nunciature in Latvia, at the time when they were established only in powerful nations, shows that Pope considered Latvia as an important Catholic centre. Nuncio was awarded with the Order of the Three Stars, First class. Inscription on his tombstone at St. Michael's cemetery in Riga ends with the words: "... I love Latvia and wish to stay here forever".
Antonino Arata was the second apostolic administrator from 1935 to 1940. He was forced to leave the occupied country in the summer of 1940.
Latvia was without apostolic administrator from 1940 to 1991.
Justo Mullor Garcia was the third apostolic administartor after Latvia restored its independence. He was apostolic nuncio in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia from 1992 to 1997. Nuncio was awarded with the Order of the Three Stars, Second class in 1997.
Erwin Josef Ender was the fourth apostolic nuncio from 1997 to 2001.
Peter Stephan Zurbriggen was the fifth apostolic nuncio from 2001 to 2009.
Luigi Bonazzi was the sixth apostolic nuncio from 2009 to 2014. During his mission three bishops were nominated: metropolitan archbishop of Riga Zbigņevs Stankevičs, bishop of Jelgava Edvards Pavlovskis and bishop of Liepaja Viktors Stulpins. L. Bonazzi was taking active part in various Church activities in Latvia where he always was heartly welcomed. He also visited religious communities and led retreats.
Pedro Lopez Quintana is the seventh apostolic nuncio who started his mission in March 2014.