Angelo Comastri

Angelo Comastri
Vicar General of His Holiness for the State of Vatican City

Archpriest of Saint Peter's Basilica
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Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 5 February 2005
Predecessor Francesco Marchisano
Other posts
Ordination 11 March 1967

by Luigi Boccadoro
Consecration 12 September 1990

by Bernardin Gantin
Created cardinal 24 November 2007

by Pope Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Deacon (2007-18)

Cardinal-Priest (from 2018)
Personal details
Born (1943-09-17) 17 September 1943 (age 76)

Sorano, Tuscany, Kingdom of Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Angelo Comastri (born 17 September 1943) is an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, Vicar General for the Vatican City State, and President of the Fabric of Saint Peter. He previously served as Bishop of Massa Marittima-Piombino (1990–1994) and Territorial Prelate of Loreto (1996–2005). He was named a cardinal in 2007.

Biography [ edit ]

Comastri was born in Sorano, in the province of Grosseto[1] to Fernando and Beneria (née Scossa) Comastri. He received his early education at schools in his native town and attended the seminary of Pitigliano and the Regional Seminary S. Maria della Quercia in Viterbo. He continued his studies at the Pontifical Lateran University where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology) and at the Pontifical Roman Seminary. On 11 March 1967, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Luigi Boccadoro.[citation needed]

Comastri served as vice-rector of the minor seminary of Pitigliano and, at the same time, did pastoral work in the parish of San Quirico'. He was later assigned to the Roman Curia as an official of the Congregation for Bishops. He served as spiritual director of the Pontifical Minor Roman Seminary and a chaplain at Roman jails before returning to Pitigliano, where he became rector of the seminary in 1971. In 1979, he was named pastor of the parish of San Stefano Protomartire in Porto Santo Stefano. He was also a member of the diocesan college of consultors, and served as episcopal delegate for the seminarians residing outside of the diocese and professor of religion at the Professional Institute for Maritime Activities in Porto Santo Stefano.

On 25 July 1990, Comastri was appointed Bishop of Massa Marittima-Piombino by Pope John Paul II.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on 12 September from Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, with Archbishop Gaetano Bonicelli and Bishop Eugenio Binini serving as co-consecrators, in the parish church San Stefano Protomartire. He resigned as bishop for health reasons on 3 March 1994. Following his recovery, he was named president of the National Italian Committee for the Jubilee of the Year 2000 and placed in charge of the National Center for Vocations of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

Comastri was named Territorial Prelate of the Territorial Prelature of Loreto, with the personal title of archbishop, on 9 November 1996.[1] On 5 February 2005, he was appointed President of the Fabric of Saint Peter, Vicar General of His Holiness for the State of Vatican City, and Coadjutor Archbishop of St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He preached the Lenten spiritual exercises for Pope John Paul II and the Roman Curia in 2003 and the meditations for the Stations of the Cross in the Colosseum on Good Friday 2006.[2] Upon the retirement of Cardinal Francesco Marchisano on 31 October 2006, Comastri succeeded him as Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal in the consistory of 24 November 2007,[3] assigned to the titular church of San Salvatore in Lauro with the rank of cardinal-deacon. In addition to his main duties, he also serves as vice-president of the Pontifical Academy of the Immacolata and he has been a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints since 2005.[4]

Comastri participated in the papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.[5]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d "Comastri Card. Angelo". College of Cardinals Biographical Notes, 13 June 2008. Press Office of the Holy See. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Way of the Cross to Focus on Loss of Sense of Sin". Zenit. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Concistoro, ecco i nuovi cardinali 'Rappresentano universalità della Chiesa'". La Reppublica (in Italian). 24 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 24.10.2005" (Press release) (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 24 October 2005. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ "List of Cardinal Electors". Zenit. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Francesco Marchisano
President of the Fabric of Saint Peter

5 February 2005 – present
Vicar General of His Holiness for the State of Vatican City

5 February 2005 – present
Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica

31 October 2006 – present
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