Antonio Maria Vegliò
Antonio Maria Vegliò
|President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People|
Cardinal Vegliò, at Chair of Saint Peter, last 11 October 2014.
|Appointed||28 February 2009|
|Term ended||31 December 2016|
|Predecessor||Renato Raffaele Martino|
|Ordination||18 March 1962
by Luigi Carlo Borromeo
|Consecration||6 October 1985
by Agostino Casaroli
|Created cardinal||18 February 2012
by Pope Benedict XVI
|Rank||Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio|
|Birth name||Antonio Maria Vegliò|
3 February 1938|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Antonio Maria Vegliò (born 3 February 1938) is an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, who has served as Vatican diplomat and in the Roman Curia. He was President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. Vegliò was created a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012.
Early life and ordination [ edit ]
Born in Macerata Feltria, Italy, Vegliò was ordained a priest for the diocese of Pesaro in 1962. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy where he studied diplomacy. Besides his native Italian, he speaks English, French and Spanish.
Nuncio [ edit ]
In 1989, Vegliò was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde, and Apostolic Delegate to Mauritania on 21 October and on 25 November Pro-Nuncio to Mali. He was promoted to full Apostolic Nuncio to four of those countries—all but Mauritania—in December 1994.
Curial work [ edit ]
On 11 April 2001, Vegliò was named Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches.  On 28 February 2009, he was named President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.
Pope Benedict XVI announced on 6 January 2012 that Vegliò would be created cardinal. On 18 February he became Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio. On 21 April 2012 Vegliò was named a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
In 2009, he organised the first European meeting of the pastoral care of people on the streets, such as drug users, street women, children, and the homeless. He has intervened several times in the public debate in support of the rights of migrants, refugees, immigrants, displaced persons, or other persons disadvantaged because of their status in mobility. He speaks out against piracy which he says infests the seas, and launched a campaign of solidarity with seafarers and their families affected by the tsunami in Japan.
Views [ edit ]
Rights of migrants [ edit ]
In August 2009, he lamented the deaths of more than 70 Eritreans trying to reach Italy in a boat and implicitly criticized the Berlusconi government's tough new policies on immigration.
Swiss ban on minarets [ edit ]
Vegliò declared that the popular vote held in Switzerland against the construction of additional minarets was a heavy blow for religious freedom and integration in that country. His colleague Agostino Marchetto expressed a somewhat different view, arguing that the Swiss vote did not compromise religious freedom.
References [ edit ]
- Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXVII. 1985. pp. 772, 1000. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXI. 1989. p. 1273. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXI. 1989. p. 1384. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXIX. 1997. p. 733. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 11.04.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 11 April 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
- "New President for Migrants Council". Zenit. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 21.04.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
- "S. Cesareo in Palatio". GCatholic. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 21.04.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
- NULL (5 November 2009). "Vatican Proposals for Caring for Those on the Street". ZENIT - English. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
- Rogers, Simon (12 March 2013). "The Cardinals who will select a Pope: full list". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
- "Pontifical Acts - 1 June". Vatican Information Services (VIS). Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- Vatican caught up in war of words over Italian PMArchived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Vatican criticises Swiss minaret ban
- KIPA article
[ edit ]
- "Vegliò Card. Antonio Maria". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
- Catholic-Hierarchy.org [self-published]
Pablo Puente Buces
|Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon
2 October 1997 – 11 April 2001
|Catholic Church titles|
Miroslav Stefan Marusyn
|Secretary of Congregation for the Oriental Churches
11 April 2001 – 28 February 2009
|President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants
28 February 2009 – 31 December 2016