Luigi Ventura (born 9 December 1944) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been apostolic nuncio to France since 2009. He is under investigation by French authorities for sexual crimes since January 2019.
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Ventura was born on 9 December 1944 in Borgosatollo, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1969 for the Diocese of Brescia. He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1978 after attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He earned a doctor of letters and holds a licentiate in canon law.
On 25 March 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him titular archbishop of Equilium and apostolic nuncio to the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger. He was consecrated a bishop on 29 April 1995 by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State. He was made nuncio to Chile in 1999.
On 15 February 2019, Le Monde reported that a young male employed by the office of the mayor of Paris had filed a complaint for sexual assault against Ventura and that authorities had launched a formal inquiry in January. The city employee, Mathieu de La Souchère, and two other accusers using aliases, have asked French officials to ask the Vatican to waive Ventura's diplomatic immunity. French European Minister Nathalie Loiseau said she expects the Vatican to allow Ventura to be tried.
On 22 February a Canadian man, Christian Vachon, charged Ventura had touched him improperly in July 2008 when he was 32. Vachon said Ventura's successor as Nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, called him the day he registered his complaint to discuss it.
Ventura allowed himself to be questioned by French police in April. At his own request, Ventura met with his four accusers on 22-23 May and denied their charges. The accusers's attorneys were not allowed to ask him questions. On 8 July a Vatican spokesperson told reporters that the Holy See had informed French authorities a week earlier that it was waiving Ventura's diplomatic immunity. He called it "an extraordinary gesture" 
He speaks Italian, French, Spanish and English.
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- "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.06.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 June 2001.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 22.09.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 September 2009.
- "L'« ambassadeur » du pape en France, Luigi Ventura, visé par une enquête pour « agressions sexuelles »". Le Monde (in French). 15 February 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Vaillant, Gauthier (15 February 2019). "Le nonce apostolique en France visé par une enquête pour agressions sexuelles". La Croix (in French). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Joahny, Stéphane (17 February 2019). "Soupçons d'agression sexuelle : le cas Ventura met le Vatican dans l'embarras". Journal de Dimanche (in French). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Emmanuel Macron, levez l'immunité diplomatique du nonce apostolique!". La Libération (in French). 28 February 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "France calls on Vatican to take action against envoy after sex abuse charges". RFI. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Vaillancourt, Philippe (26 February 2019). "Première plainte d'inconduite sexuelle au Canada contre l'ancien nonce". Présence (in French). Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- "French nuncio accused of sexual misconduct during time in Canada". Catholic News Agency. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Vaillancourt, Philippe (28 February 2019). "Vatican embassy confirms complaint of sexual misconduct against ex-nuncio". Crux. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Houdaille, Clémence (23 May 2019). "Confronté à ses accusateurs, le nonce apostolique nie toute agression sexuelle". La Croix (in French). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Holy See waives diplomatic immunity for accused nuncio to France". Catholic News Agency. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Apostolic Nuncio to Chile
25 March 1999 – 22 June 2001
| Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
22 June 2001 – 22 September 2009
Pedro Lopez Quintana
| Apostolic Nuncio to France
22 September 2009 – present