Was already serving as sub-secretary of the congregation
Monsignor Giacomo Morani was appointed today to be the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The 52-year-old biblicist has considerable pastoral experience, and is an intellectual with a specialization in evangelization. Previously, Msgr. Morandi was the sub-secretary of the same Congregation.
Originally from Modena, Italy, and ordained to the priesthood in 1990, Msgr. Morandi holds a licentiate (the equivalent of a master’s degree) in biblical sciences, and a licentiate and a doctorate in the theology of evangelization (also called missiology).
He has been a professor of Sacred Scripture, but he also has worked in the field; among other past responsibilities, he was the episcopal vicar for catechesis, evangelization and culture of the diocese of Modena-Nonantola. Msgr. Morandi is considered to be close to Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, who recommended him for his previous post.
In 2015, he was appointed by Pope Francis as Sub-Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His direct superior, Archbishop Luis Francesco Ladaria Ferrer, was promoted this past July 1 to the head of the Congregation, after Cardinal Gerhard Müller completed his term as Prefect of the Congregation. Archbishop Ferrer had been secretary since Benedict XVI appointed him to the post in 2008. AP
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