Bernardino Piñera

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Monsignor Bernardino Piñera Carvallo (22 September 1915 – 21 June 2020) was a Chilean bishop of the Roman Catholic Church.[1]

Bernardino Piñera Carvallo
Archbishop Emeritus of La Serena
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseLa Serena
SeeLa Serena
Appointed1 July 1983
Installed7 August 1983
Term ended29 September 1990
PredecessorJuan Francisco Fresno Larraín
SuccessorFrancisco José Cox Huneeus
Ordination5 April 1947
by José María Caro Rodríguez
Consecration27 April 1958
by Manuel Larraín Errazuriz
Personal details
Bernardino Piñera Carvallo

(1915-09-22)22 September 1915
Died21 June 2020(2020-06-21) (aged 104)
Santiago, Chile
Previous post(s)
MottoServus Tuus sum ego
Styles of
Bernardino Piñera Carvallo
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor


Born in Paris, France, Piñera was ordained a priest on 5 April 1947. He worked for the Catholic Action. On 11 February 1958, Pope Pius XII appointed Piñera Carvallo auxiliary bishop of Talca. Later, he was appointed Bishop of Temuco (1960–77) and Archbishop of La Serena (1983–90). From 1983 to 1988, he was president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile. Piñera Carvallo attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. He was the paternal uncle of Sebastián Piñera, the president of Chile.[2]

Vatican sex abuse investigationEdit

On 21 August 2019, Chile's nuncio Ivo Scapolo announced that the Vatican had launched an investigation into claims that Piñera sexually abused at least one child 50 years earlier. No charges were ever filed, however.[3][4][5]


Msgr Piñera died in Santiago on 21 June 2020, aged 104.[6] Piñera had contracted COVID-19 a month earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chile. Although the government initially denied the disease to be the cause of death, the certificate issued by the Civil Registry and Identification Service indicates "pneumonia due to COVID-19" as the cause.[7] At the time of his death, he was the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, and the last surviving bishop appointed by Pius XII.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Mons. Bernardino Piñera cumple hoy 100 años de vida". Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Monseñor Bernardino Piñera y la relación con su sobrino Presidente". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ Ulloa, Cristopher (21 August 2019). "Nunciatura de Chile comienza investigación contra arzobispo Bernardino Piñera por presunto abuso sexual" (in Spanish). CNN Español. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Justicia australiana rechaza apelación del cardenal Pell a su condena por pederastia" (in Spanish). El Intransigente. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Chilean priest who is uncle of president probed in alleged child sex abuse". WSAU. 20 August 2019. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  6. ^ Fallece Monseñor Bernardino Piñera Carvallo
  7. ^ Delgado, Felipe (21 June 2020). "Bernardino Piñera murió por neumonía por Covid-19, según certificado de defunción". BioBioChile (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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