Vidović in 2009

Martin Vidović (born 15 July 1953) is a Croatian prelate of the Catholic Church who was Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus from 2004 to 2011.

Martin Vidović was born on 15 July 1953 in Vidonje, Croatia. He was ordained a priest on 28 May 1989.[1]

He managed Croatian-language programming for Vatican Radio from 1983 to 1994. He then entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 19 September 1994. Among other assignments, he was secretary of the nunciature in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1994 to 1999.[1]

On 15 September 2004, Pope John Paul II named him titular bishop of Nona and Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus.[1] He received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Angelo Sodano on 21 November at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Split.[2]

He resigned as nuncio in 2011 after meeting with the country's political opposition as Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Pope Benedict XVI sought to negotiate with the government of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Rinunce e Nomine, 15.09.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 September 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Episcopal Ordination of Msgr. Vidović" (Press release). Informativna Katolička Agencija. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ Cohen, Nick (15 Jan 2011). "The Pope's unholy alliance with the dictator". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2019.

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