Giuseppe Versaldi

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His Eminence
Giuseppe Versaldi
President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See
Appointed 21 September 2011
Predecessor Velasio de Paolis CS
Other posts Cardinal-Deacon of Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio
Orders
Ordination 29 June 1967
by Albino Mensa
Consecration 26 May 2007
by Enrico Masseroni
Created Cardinal 18 February 2012
Rank Cardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Birth name Giuseppe Versaldi
Born (1943-07-30) 30 July 1943 (age 71)
Vercelli, Italy
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Bishop of Alessandria (della Paglia) (2007–2011)
Motto Christi Minister
Coat of arms
Styles of
Giuseppe Versaldi
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Giuseppe Versaldi (born 30 July 1943) is president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 21 September 2011. He previously served as Bishop of Alessandria. He was elevated to the cardinalate on 18 February 2012.

Versaldi was born in Villarboit in 1943 and was ordained a priest on 29 June 1967. In 1972 he was sent to Rome to study psychology and then canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned a degree in psychology and a doctorate in canon law. Versaldi returned to Vercelli in 1976, was instructed to start the diocesan Family Counseling centre in the same diocese. At the same time he attended courses at the Roman Rota. He received his law degree in 1980.

In 1977 he was entrusted with the care of the parish of Larizza in the diocese. In 1980 he was called to teach canon law and psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 1985 he was appointed by the Holy See and in 1990 voter referendum[clarification needed] at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

On 25 March 1994 he was appointed Vicar General of Vercelli, by the then Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, who since 2006 has served as Cardinal Secretary of State.

Pope Benedict XVI named him Bishop of Alessandria on 4 April 2007. He was ordained a bishop on 26 May 2007, by Enrico Masseroni, Archbishop of Vercelli, as principal consecrator, and Bishops Fernando Charrier and Natalino Pescarolo as co-consecrators. He was installed on 10 June.[1]

After four years as bishop of Alessandria, Versaldi was named President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and archbishop on 21 September 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI.

On 18 February 2012 he was created Cardinal-Deacon of Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio by Benedict XVI. On 21 April 2012 Cardinal Versaldi was appointed a member of the Apostolic Signatura, the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.[2] Cardinal Versaldi will hold these memberships until his 80th birthday.

Cardinal Versaldi was one of the 117 cardinal electors who took part in the 2013 conclave.

Preceded by
Fernando Charrier
Bishop of Alessandria
4 April 2007 – 21 September 2011
Succeeded by
Guido Gallese
Preceded by
Velasio de Paolis, CS
President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See
21 September 2011 – present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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