Seventy-two years old, originally from the Italian region of Puglia, Dom Semeraro was until then bishop of Albano and secretary of the Council of Cardinals
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Marcello Semeraro, until then bishop of Albano, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He succeeds Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who resigned from his post on September 24.
Don Semeraro, who will turn 73 in December, was born in Monteroni di Lecce, in Puglia, southern Italy. Ordained a priest in 1971, he was appointed bishop of Oria by St. John Paul II in 1998. He was transferred to the Albano Suburbicária Church on October 1, 2004.
He is currently apostolic administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Exarchic Monastery of S. Maria de Grottaferrata and pontifical delegate of the Basilian Order of Italy.
He received his initial training at the Pontifical Regional Seminary Pugliese Pius XI of Molfetta and subsequently improved his theological studies at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome, where he did his master’s and doctorate in Sacred Theology.
Then, he began the ministry of teaching dogmatic theology at the Instituto Teológico Pugliese and then also of ecclesiology at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Lateran University.
He published several books, articles and dictionary entries on ecclesiology topics. After the call to the episcopate, he published texts on pastoral and priestly spirituality, among…
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