|President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses|
Marini (right) with Pope Benedict XVI
|Appointed||1 October 2007|
|Other posts||Titular Archbishop of Martirano|
|Ordination||27 June 1965|
|Consecration||19 March 1998
by Pope John Paul II
13 January 1942 |
|Previous post||Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations (1987-2007)|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Piero Marini (born 13 January 1942) is a Roman Catholic archbishop who is president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. For twenty years he served as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, in charge of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. In that capacity he worked for Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
In 1975, Marini became personal secretary of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, the controversial chief architect of the liturgical reforms that followed Vatican II. From 1987 to 2007, Marini was the master of papal liturgical ceremonies, the man who appears at the pope's side in every celebration. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Martirano on the 14 February 1998 and was ordained bishop on 19 March of that year. On the 29 September 2003 he was raised to the rank of Archbishop.
On 1 October 2007 after twenty years as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, Pope Benedict appointed Marini as president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. This body has the task, according to Pastor Bonus, of making "ever better known, loved and served, Our Lord Jesus Christ in his Eucharistic Mystery, as centre of the life of the Church and of its mission for the salvation of the world through the celebration of International Eucharistic Congresses".
In April 2013, in an interview with the Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion, Marini indicated his openness to the idea of same-sex civil unions being recognised within law: "In these discussions, it is necessary, for example, to recognize the union of people of the same sex, because there are many couples who suffer because their civil rights are not recognized", but went on to say, "What cannot be recognized is that that couple be a marriage."
Activity as liturgist
Marini's innovative approach to papal ceremonies sometimes made him the focus of criticism, so that, after the election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, it was hopefully rumoured that he would be removed from his post and would take up an Italian diocese .
Some surmised that the timing of Marini's departure may be linked to the July 2007 decision by Pope Benedict to liberalise permission for the 1962 Tridentine Mass. Of this document Marini said that it "does not intend to introduce modifications into the current Roman Missal nor to express a negative judgement on the liturgical reform desired by the Council" and that it was "a gesture at the service of unity".
Of his relationship with Pope Benedict XVI, Marini wrote:
I also express my heartfelt filial gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI who, immediately following his election, chose to confirm me as Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations. To tell the truth, it was not a completely new experience for me, since I had been his master of ceremonies following his elevation to the cardinalate. For this reason too, from the very start I felt welcomed by Pope Benedict as a son. In him I could see, to my great satisfaction, not only a professor but also a Pope who is an expert in the liturgy. I will never forget the emotion I felt in finding myself alone with him in the Sistine Chapel just after his election, or the emotion I experienced during the rites of the inauguration of his Petrine ministry. These rites remain fixed in my mind and heart, since I consider them the fullest and most successful icon which the liturgy has given of the Church in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. Thank you, Pope Benedict, for having approved those rites and for having celebrated them with God’s Holy People.
Marini is the author of A Challenging Reform - Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal (ISBN 978-0-8146-3035-8).
- National Catholic Reporter.
- Press Office of the Holy See
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- Interview with Archbishop Piero Marini, L'Osservatore Romano, 14 May 2008, p. 10; cf. Interview with Archbishop Piero Marini, National Catholic Reporter, 15 December 2007.
- Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff
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|Catholic Church titles|
|Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations
17 February 1987 - 1 October 2007
|President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
1 October 2007 - present