Beniamino Stella

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His Eminence
Beniamino Stella
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
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See Santi Cosma e Damiano
Appointed 21 September 2013
Predecessor Mauro Cardinal Piacenza
Other posts
Ordination 19 March 1966
by Albino Luciani
Consecration 5 September 1987
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal 22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Born (1941-08-18) 18 August 1941 (age 72)
Pieve di Soligo, Kingdom of Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Informal style Cardinal

Beniamino Stella (born 18 August 1941) is an Italian archbishop and prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.


Beniamino Stella was born in Pieve di Soligo, Province of Treviso, Italy, and ordained priest in 1966 by Bishop Albino Luciani, who became later Pope John Paul I. After his promotion in canon law he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1970. 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.[1]

On Saturday, 30 November 2013, Pope Francis named Archbishop Stella a Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.[2] On 16 December 2013 he was appointed as a member of the Congregation for Bishops.[3] In January 2014 it was announced that he will be elevated to the cardinalate at the next consistory on 22 February 2014.[4]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Bulaitis
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Republic of Congo
Succeeded by
Diego Causero
Preceded by
Faustino Sainz Muñoz
Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba
Succeeded by
Luis Robles Díaz
Preceded by
Paolo Romeo
Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
Succeeded by
Aldo Cavalli
Educational offices
Preceded by
Justo Mullor García
President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
Succeeded by
Giampiero Gloder
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
László Dankó
Titular Archbishop of Midila
Preceded by
Mauro Piacenza
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy