Francesco Monterisi

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His Eminence
Francesco Monterisi
Cardinal-Archpriest Emeritus of the Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls Basilica
Francesco Monterisi in Sarajevo.jpg
Cardinal Monterisi in Sarajevo, 2012
Church Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Appointed 3 July 2009
Term ended 23 November 2012
Predecessor Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo
Successor James Michael Harvey
Orders
Ordination 16 March 1957
by Reginaldo Giuseppe Maria Addazi
Consecration 6 January 1983
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal 20 November 2010
Rank Cardinal-Deacon of San Paolo alla Regola
Personal details
Birth name Francesco Marco Nicola Monterisi
Born (1934-05-28) 28 May 1934 (age 80)
Barletta, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Alma mater Pontifical Lateran University, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
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Francesco Marco Nicola Monterisi (born 28 May 1934) is an Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church.

Early life and ordination[edit]

After his elementary and secondary studies in Barletta, he entered the Pontifical Minor Seminary, Rome; and then, the Pontifical Major Seminary. From 1951 to 1958, he studied at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in theology; after finishing his studies, he returned home. He was summoned back to Rome in 1961 to study diplomacy at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy; at the same time, he studied canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University, where he earned a doctorate in canon law in 1964. Besides his native Italian, he speaks English, French, German and Spanish. Monterisi was ordained to the priesthood on 16 March 1957.

Nuncio[edit]

On 24 December 1982, he was appointed Pro-Nuncio to Korea and Titular Archbishop of Alba Maritima. Monterisi received his episcopal consecration on 6 January 1983 from Pope John Paul II, with Archbishops Eduardo Martínez Somalo and Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy serving as co-consecrators.

In 1990 Archbishop Monterisi was appointed delegate for Pontifical Representations. As a result he was the personnel chief not only for Vatican diplomats but for the whole Roman curia

Pope John Paul named him Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11 June 1993, and Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops on 7 March 1998. While serving at the Congregation for Bishops he was concurrently secretary of the College of Cardinals.

Roman Curia[edit]

Styles of
Francesco Monterisi
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

In virtue of his position as secretary of the College of Cardinals, he also served as secretary of the 2005 papal conclave, which selected Pope Benedict XVI. From 1998 until his appointment as Archpriest he served as Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia.

On 3 July 2009, Pope Benedict appointed Archbishop Monterisi, just past his 75th birthday, to the post of Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, placing him in line for elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals as is the custom for secretaries of the Congregation for Bishops.

On 20 November 2010, he was created Cardinal-Deacon of San Paolo alla Regola. On 29 December 2010 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.[1] On 24 October 2012 Cardinal Monterisi was appointed a member of the Congregation for Bishops. On the same day a new consistory was announced with his designated successor as archpriest, Archbishop James Michael Harvey, among the new cardinals-designate.

Cardinal Monterisi lost his right to participate in a conclave upon his 80th birthday on 28 May 2014.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
none
Delegate for Pontifical Representations
28 August 1990 – 7 March 1998
Succeeded by
Carlo Maria Viganò
Preceded by
Jorge María Mejía
Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops
7 March 1998 – 3 July 2009
Succeeded by
Manuel Monteiro de Castro
Preceded by
Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo
Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
3 July 2009 – 23 November 2012
Succeeded by
James Michael Harvey
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
none
Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina
11 June 1993 – 7 March 1998
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Leanza