Pope Francis appoints Bishop Marcello Semeraro, Bishop of Albano and Secretary of the Council of Cardinals, as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

By Vatican News

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Bishop Marcello Semeraro, currently Bishop of Albano, as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He succeeds Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who resigned his post on September 24.

Semeraro, who turns 73 in December, was born in Monteroni di Lecce, Puglia, in Italy. He was ordained priest in 1971 and was appointed Bishop of Oria by St. John Paul II in 1998. He was then transferred to the Suburbicarian Church of Albano on 1 October 2004. He is currently Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Exarchic Monastery of S. Maria di Grottaferrata and Pontifical Delegate of the Basilian Order of Italy.

He received his initial formation at the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Puglia, Pius XI of Molfetta, and, subsequently, he finished his theological studies at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome where he obtained the academic degrees of Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology. He then began the ministry of teaching Dogmatic Theology at the Pugliese Theological Institute and then Ecclesiology at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Lateral University. He has published several books, articles and dictionary entries on the themes of ecclesiology. After the call to the…

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