Cuneo – Monsignor Aldo Giordano from Cuneo, apostolic nuncio of the Holy See to the European Union in Brussels since last May, died this afternoon, Thursday 2 December, after the seven-year post of the Venezuelan nunciature. Monsignor Giordano had fallen ill with Covid and for several weeks from the first days of October he had remained in intensive care hospitalized in Leuven. His condition progressively worsened this morning.
Originally from San Benigno, sixty-seven years old, a priest since 1979, he obtained a Baccalaureate at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy in Milan and a Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. For his doctoral research he devoted himself to Nietzsche’s thought. From 1982 to 1996 he was professor of philosophy at the interdiocesan theological study and the Higher School of Religious Sciences of Fossano. At the diocesan level he has taught history of philosophy for some years in the classical high school of the seminary, has held courses in ethics at the school of theology for the laity, has collaborated as vice-parish priest in the parish of San Pio X in Cuneo and has followed the diocesan pastoral care for the fields of politics, economics, medicine and culture.
On 15 May 1995 he was elected secretary general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and moved to the headquarters of the secretariat in St. Gallen in Switzerland. He carried out this office in the service of communion and collaboration with the European bishops for 13 years. In 2008 he was appointed permanent observer of the Holy See at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
On 26 October 2013 he was appointed apostolic nuncio to Venezuela in the see of Caracas and ordained bishop in December of the same year. In September 2013 he published the book: “Another Europe is possible, Christian ideals and perspectives for the old Continent”, in which he collected the experiences and reflections of almost 20 years of service to the Church in Europe.