Vincenzo Paglia

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His Excellency
Vincenzo Paglia
President of the Pontifical Council for the Family
Vincenzo Paglia in 2009
Church Roman Catholic
See Terni-Narni-Amelia (emeritus)
In office 26 June 2012–present
Predecessor Ennio Antonelli
Ordination 15 March 1970
by Angelo Dell'Acqua
Consecration 2 April 2000
by Camillo Ruini
Personal details
Born (1945-04-20) 20 April 1945 (age 70)
Boville Ernica, Frosinone, Italy
Previous post Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia
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Vincenzo Paglia (20 April 1945) is a Roman Catholic archbishop, the President of the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family, and bishop emeritus of the diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia in Italy. He is one of the founders of the Community of Sant'Egidio.[1]

Archbishop Paglia was born in Boville Ernica, Frosinone, Italy.

He has been responsible for inter-religious dialogue and has opposed a cooling of relations with Jewish leaders.[2] He was educated at the Pontifical Roman Minor and Major Seminary. He obtained a Licenciate in Philosophy as well as a degree in Theology both from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome). He also obtained a Master´s degree in Pedagogy from the University of Urbino, Italy.

He was ordained a priest 15 March 1970 for the diocese of Rome, where he first served as a curate in Casal Palocco 1970–1973. Later he was rector of the Church of Sant'Egidio in Trastevere. From 1981 to 2000 he was pastor of the parish of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. He was also appointed postulator of the cause of beatification of Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of San Salvador.

On 4 March 2000 Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia. He received episcopal consecration in Rome at the Cathedral of St. John Lateran from Cardinal Camillo Ruini as Cardinal Vicar, on 2 April and took possession of the diocese on 16 April.

In September 2002 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as President of the International Catholic Biblical Federation. From 2004 to 2009 he was chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Italian Episcopal Conference, from 2009 until 2012 was the president of the Episcopal Conference of Umbria.

He was Chaplain of the Community of Sant'Egidio.

As President of the Conference of Bishops of Umbra, he promoted the Solidarity Fund, an initiative that provides economic support for families particularly affected by the recent economic crisis.

Among Archbishop Paglia´s international commitments his work for Albania deserves special mention. He was the first priest to enter the country after the free elections in March 1991. He obtained the re-opening of the seminary and the return of the cathedral, and he paved the way for relations between Albania and the Holy See.

In 2011 then-Bishop Paglia was named among the first members, for a five year renewable term, of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.

He was named President of the Pontifical Council for the Family on 26 June 2012.[3]

In February 2013 he noted in an interview that homosexual couples should be safe from unjust discrimination in countries where homosexual acts are illegal. Some media reported that statement as a possible signal of change in the Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality. A few days later in a Vatican press conference Archbishop Paglia spoke of his surprise at that interpretation and said that his words were not in any way to be taken as a change in church doctrine on marriage and homosexuality, as demonstrated by the fact that he merely restated the official teaching of the Church.[4]

In his role as President of the Pontifical Council for the Family he is responsible for the Church's World Meetings of Families, triennial celebrations of the role of the family as a resource for all humanity. The next Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in September 2015, with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia being the host.

Archbishop Paglia is under investigation by Italian prosecutors into charges of embezzlement. Published reports in European media outlets say the investigation stems from 2011 when the archbishop led the Diocese of Terni in Italy, and diocesan funds may have been used improperly in a scheme to purchase then resell at a profit a 14th century Italian castle. A diocesan financial officer at the time was also the head of an Italian firm that purchased the property, which today remains undeveloped. The archbishop denied having done anything illegal, and at this time no charges have been filed against him. “Obviously, I remain at the disposition of the investigating authorities,” he said in a statement May 28, “trusting completely in earthly justice.”[5]


  1. ^ "Vincenzo Paglia". Diocesi de Terni Narni Amelia. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ AP article (not available)
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 26. giugno 2012" (in Italian). Press Office of the Holy See. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vatican backtracks on support for gay couples, 07. february 2013". 7 February 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]

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Preceded by
Ennio Antonelli
President of the Pontifical Council for the Family