Archbishop Jurkovič new nuncio to Canada
By Vatican News staff writer
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič as Apostolic Nuncio to Canada. Archbishop Jurkovič has been serving as Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, to the World Trade Organization and, also as the Holy See’s Representative to the International Organization for Migration.
Born in Kočevje, in southern Slovenia, Ivan Jurkovič was ordained a priest on 29 June 1977. He graduated in theology from the University of Ljubljana, then trained as a diplomat at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. In 1984 he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, serving as secretary at the nunciature in South Korea. In 1988 he received his doctorate in canon law and until 1992 served as financial auditor at the nunciature in Colombia. From 1992 to 1996 he worked at the nunciature in Russia.
The Most Reverend IVAN JURKOVIČ
Titular Archbishop of Corbavia (Krbava)
Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
His Excellency Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič was born on June 10, 1952, in Banja Loka, Kočevje, Slovenia.
On June 29, 1977, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Ljubljana (Slovenia). He is a graduate from the Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana. Between 1980 and 1984 he completed his studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law.
On May 1, 1984, he joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See serving in the following capacities and locations:
1984-1988 Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature to Korea;
1988-1992 Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature to Colombia;
1992-1995 Counsellor of the Representation of the Holy See to the Russian Federation;
1996-2001 Counsellor at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See in Vatican City.
On October 6, 2001, Msgr. Jurkovič received Episcopal Consecration and was appointed Titular Archbishop of Corbavia. Following the same, he served in the following missions:
2001-2004 Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus (appointed July 27, 2001);
2004-2011 Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine (appointed April 22, 2004);
2011-2016 Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation (appointed February 2011). At same time, Apostolic Nuncio in Uzbekistan (appointed July 22, 2011);
2016-2021 Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Permanent Observer to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also Representative of the Holy See to the International Organization for Migrantion (IOM) (appointed February 13, 2016).
The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Jurkovič Apostolic Nuncio to Canada on June 5, 2021.
Archbishop Jurkovič’s mother tongue is Slovenian, however, he is likewise well versed in Italian, Spanish, English, Russian, German, French, Serbian, Croatian and Ukrainian.