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Antonio Maria Vegliò

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Antonio Maria Vegliò
President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
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Cardinal Vegliò, at Chair of Saint Peter, last 11 October 2014.
Appointed 28 February 2009
Term ended 31 December 2016
Predecessor Renato Raffaele Martino
Other posts
  • Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio
Orders
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
Personal details
Birth name Antonio Maria Vegliò
Born (1938-02-03) 3 February 1938 (age 82)

Macerata Feltria
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Papua New Guinea (1985–1989)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Solomon Islands (1985–1989)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Sénégal (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Guinea-Bissau (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Cape Verde (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Mali (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon (1997–2001)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait (1997–1999)
  • Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (2001–2009)
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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 ]

He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Eclano and was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on 27 July 1985.[1]

In 1989, Vegliò was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde, and Apostolic Delegate to Mauritania on 21 October[2] and on 25 November Pro-Nuncio to Mali.[3] He was promoted to full Apostolic Nuncio to four of those countries—all but Mauritania—in December 1994.[citation needed]

On 2 October 1997, Pope John Paul II named him Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon and Kuwait a well as Apostolic Delegate to the Arabian Peninsula.[4]

Curial work [ edit ]

On 11 April 2001, Vegliò was named Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches. [5] On 28 February 2009, he was named President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.[6][7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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[10]. 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.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis[11].

Pope Francis appointed Vegliò to the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State on 1 June 2013.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] His colleague Agostino Marchetto expressed a somewhat different view, arguing that the Swiss vote did not compromise religious freedom.[15]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXVII. 1985. pp. 772, 1000. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXI. 1989. p. 1273. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXI. 1989. p. 1384. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXIX. 1997. p. 733. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 11.04.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 11 April 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  6. ^ "New President for Migrants Council". Zenit. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 21.04.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  8. ^ "S. Cesareo in Palatio". GCatholic. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 21.04.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  10. ^ NULL (5 November 2009). "Vatican Proposals for Caring for Those on the Street". ZENIT - English. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  11. ^ Rogers, Simon (12 March 2013). "The Cardinals who will select a Pope: full list". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Pontifical Acts - 1 June". Vatican Information Services (VIS). Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  13. ^ Vatican caught up in war of words over Italian PMArchived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Vatican criticises Swiss minaret ban
  15. ^ KIPA article

External links [ edit ]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by

Pablo Puente Buces
Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon

2 October 1997 – 11 April 2001
Succeeded by

Luigi Gatti
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Miroslav Stefan Marusyn
Secretary of Congregation for the Oriental Churches

11 April 2001 – 28 February 2009
Succeeded by

Cyril Vasil
Preceded by

Renato Martino
President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants

28 February 2009 – 31 December 2016
Office abolished
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