Bruno Forte

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Bruno Forte

Bruno Forte (born 1 August 1949) is an Italian theologian and ecclesiastic, currently Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto.


Archbishop Forte was born in Naples. He was ordained a priest on 18 April 1973. He was called "the most famous Italian theologian in Italy" and is seen as more progressive than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He was appointed as Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto by Pope John Paul II on 26 June 2004. He was ordained bishop by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) on 8 September 2004; he is one of only 26 bishops consecrated by the former Pope.

After the election of Pope Benedict XVI Forte was seen as a possible successor to become Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, before William Levada was chosen.

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Bruno Forte
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style His Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

After the tomb of Jesus was supposedly uncovered by James Cameron, Archbishop Forte said that "there are many such tombs in the territory of the Holy Land. Hence, there is nothing new in this revelation." He went on to say that "In fact, the thesis launched is that if Jesus is buried there with his family, then the resurrection would be no more than an invention of his disciples." He then concluded by defending the historicity of the Jesus' Resurrection saying, "However, leaving to one side the inconsistency of the archaeological proof, which has been utterly contested by Israeli archaeologists, the factual event of Jesus' resurrection is rigorously documented in the New Testament by the five accounts of the apparitions: four of the Gospels and St. Paul's." [1]

On 5 January 2011 he was appointed among the first members of the newly created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.[1]

On Monday, 14 October 2013, the Archbishop was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as the Special Secretary of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on "The challenges of the family in the context of evangelization", scheduled from 5 October – 19 October 2014.[2]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edoardo Menichelli
Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto
26 June 2004–present
Succeeded by