|President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Family|
|See||S. Andrea delle Fratte|
|Appointed||7 June 2008|
|Term ended||26 June 2012|
|Predecessor||Alfonso López Trujillo|
|Ordination||2 April 1960
by Ilario Alcini
|Consecration||29 August 1982
by Decio Lucio Grandoni
|Created Cardinal||21 October 2003|
|Rank||Cardinal-Priest Sant'Andrea delle Fratte|
|Birth name||Ennio Antonelli|
18 November 1936 |
|Motto||voluntas dei pax nostra|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Early life and ordination
Born in Todi, he first attended seminary there, and then in Assisi and the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he was awarded a licentiate in sacred theology. He later earned a doctorate in classics at the University of Perugia. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Todi in 1960.
He eventually became rector of the Seminary of Perugia and a professor of classics in Assisi before being ordained a bishop in 1982, when Pope John Paul II named him to head the diocese of Gubbio. In 1988 he was advanced to Archbishop of Perugia-Città del Pieve, from which see he stepped down in 1995 to become Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference.
He served in this position until March 2001, when he was named to the see of Florence, whose archbishop is traditionally named a cardinal, and he was duly elevated in the consistory of 2003, becoming Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.
On 29 January 2011 Cardinal Antonelli was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.
Cardinal Antonelli was considered an Italian papabile heading into the 2005 papal conclave in which Pope Benedict XVI was elected and at which Antonelli was a cardinal elector. Cardinal Antonelli remains eligible to vote in any future papal conclaves that occur before his 80th birthday on 18 November 2016. He retired as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family on 26 June 2012.
On Saturday, 19 July 2014, according to the Vatican web site's daily Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, where papal appointments are listed, Cardinal Antonelli was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as his Special Envoy to the consecration of the new Shrine of St. Gabriel in Teramo.
Cardinal Antonelli is generally seen as a moderate, with a strong interest in social justice and peace issues. In response to demands that the Church denounce divorcees who were candidates for political office in the 1990s, he said the Church should be more concerned with their voting record. When in 2009 the Italian Court of Cassation declared there was no substantial difference in law between a family based on marriage and one resulting from cohabitation, he reacted by saying that, in the light of recent sociological studies that reveal the benefits to society of what is called the traditional family and the disadvantages for society of single-parent families and those of cohabiting couples, the traditional family is needed more than ever today both for family members and for society as a whole.
In January 2012 Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba said there was a conspiracy by the United Nations. "Cardinal Antonelli told me a few days ago in Zaragoza that UNESCO has a program for the next 20 years to make half the world population homosexual. To do this they have distinct programs, and will continue to implant the ideology that is already present in our schools."
- "Nomina del Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio per la Famiglia" (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
- "Rinunce e nomine, 26. giugno 2012" (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
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|Catholic Church titles|
|Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference
26 May 1995 – 5 April 2001
|Archbishop of Florence
2001 – 2008
Alfonso López Trujillo
|President of the Pontifical Council for the Family
2008 – 2012