|Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy|
|See||Santi Cosma e Damiano|
|Appointed||21 September 2013|
|Predecessor||Mauro Cardinal Piacenza|
|Ordination||19 March 1966
by Constantino Stella
|Consecration||5 September 1987
by Pope John Paul II
|Created Cardinal||22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
18 August 1941 |
Pieve di Soligo, Kingdom of Italy
|Reference style||The Eminent|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Beniamino Stella (born 18 August 1941) is an Italian cardinal and prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
Beniamino Stella was born in Pieve di Soligo, Province of Treviso, Italy. His parish priest was instrumental in his entering the seminary. After finishing secondary education, he went to Rome and entered the Pontifical Roman Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology; then, studied at the Pontifical Lateran University.
In 1965, his bishop, Albino Luciani of Vittorio Veneto, future Pope John Paul I, sent him to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome, to study diplomacy. He studied at the academy from 1966 to 1970 and at the same time he obtained a doctorate in canon law.
He was ordained on 19 March 1966, by his uncle, Archbishop Costantino Stella of L'Aquila as a priest of the diocese of Vittorio Veneto. Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1970. Worked in the nunciatures in the Dominican Republic as adetto from 1970 to 1973; and Zaire as secretary from 1973 to 1976. Named chaplain of His Holiness on 5 September 1974. From 1976 to 1978, he served in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State; then, he worked in the nunciature in Malta, as auditor. From 1978 to 1983 the nuncio was sent away by Malta's prime minister Don Mintoff, and Monsignor Stella stayed there as a chargé d'affaires. In 1983, he was assigned to the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church. Named counselor of nunciature on February 1, 1983.
In 1987 Stella was appointed titular archbishop of Midila by Pope John Paul II, who was also his principal consecrator. In the following years he served as apostolic nuncio to the Republic of Congo, Cuba, and Colombia. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, a position he held until Pope Francis nominated him Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
On Saturday, 30 November 2013, Pope Francis named Archbishop Stella a Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education. On 16 December 2013 he was appointed as a member of the Congregation for Bishops. In January 2014 it was announced that he will be elevated to the cardinalate at the next consistory on 22 February 2014.
- "Rinunce e Nomine - Nomine nella Congregazione per il Clero" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
- "Annuncio di Concistoro per la Creazione di Nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). The Vatican Today. 12 January 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
|Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Republic of Congo
Faustino Sainz Muñoz
|Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba
Luis Robles Díaz
|Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
Justo Mullor García
|President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
|Catholic Church titles|
|Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy