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Luciano Suriani (born 11 January 1957) is a Catholic archbishop and Delegate for the Pontifical Representations. He had previously served as Nuncio to Bolivia.
Suriani was born in 1957 in Atessa, Chieti. He was ordained a priest on 5 August 1981. He was incarditated in the diocese of Chieti-Vasto. He earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.
He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 June 1990, and worked in the papal diplomatic missions to Ivory Coast, Switzerland, the Section for Relations with States at the Secretariat of State, and the Nunciature to Italy, by which time he held the rank of counselor.
Apart from Italian, he knows Spanish, French and English.
He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia on 22 February 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.  On 26 April 2008 he was ordained a bishop by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone SDB, with principal co-consecrators Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran and Archbishop Bruno Forte.
He resigned from the position as Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia after nine months due to reasons of health related to the capital La Paz‘s altitude, at 3,640 metres above sea level. Potentially fatal health problems, such as high altitude pulmonary edema and cerebral edema, have been known to occur at levels above 2,200 metres.
On 24 September 2009 Archbishop Suriani was appointed as Delegate to the Pontifical Representations by Pope Benedict at the Secretariat of State He is thus responsible for assignments to Vatican embassies around the world.