|Cardinal-Archpriest Emeritus of the Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls Basilica|
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|
|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|
|Birth name||Francesco Marco Nicola Monterisi|
28 May 1934 |
|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
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.
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 himself, 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.
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
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. 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 will have voting rights in any papal conclave that takes place before 28 May 2014.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Delegate for Pontifical Representations
28 August 1990 – 7 March 1998
Carlo Maria Viganò
Jorge María Mejía
|Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops
7 March 1998 – 3 July 2009
Manuel Monteiro de Castro
Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo
|Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
3 July 2009 – 23 November 2012
James Michael Harvey
|Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina
11 June 1993 – 7 March 1998