|Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy|
|See||Santi Cosma e Damiano|
|Appointed||21 September 2013|
|Predecessor||Mauro Cardinal Piacenza|
|Ordination||19 March 1966
by Constantino Stella
|Consecration||5 September 1987
by Pope John Paul II
|Created Cardinal||22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
18 August 1941 |
Pieve di Soligo, Kingdom of Italy
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Beniamino Stella (born 18 August 1941) is an Italian cardinal and prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. Pope Francis elevated him to the cardinalate on 22 February 2014. He has served as the postulator for the canonization cause of Pope John Paul I since 2016.
Beniamino Stella was born in Pieve di Soligo, Province of Treviso, Italy. His parish priest was instrumental in his entering the seminary. After finishing secondary education, he went to Rome and entered the Pontifical Roman Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology; then, studied at the Pontifical Lateran University.
In 1965, his bishop, Albino Luciani of Vittorio Veneto, future Pope John Paul I, sent him to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome, to study diplomacy. He studied at the academy from 1966 to 1970 and at the same time he obtained a doctorate in canon law.
Ordination and Episcopate
He was ordained on 19 March 1966, by his uncle, Archbishop Costantino Stella of L'Aquila as a priest of the diocese of Vittorio Veneto. Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1970. Worked in the nunciatures in the Dominican Republic as adetto from 1970 to 1973; and Zaire as secretary from 1973 to 1976. Named chaplain of His Holiness on 5 September 1974. From 1976 to 1978, he served in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State; then, he worked in the nunciature in Malta, as auditor. From 1978 to 1983 the nuncio was sent away by Malta's prime minister Don Mintoff, and Monsignor Stella stayed there as a chargé d'affaires. In 1983, he was assigned to the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church. Named counselor of nunciature on February 1, 1983.
In 1987 Stella was appointed titular archbishop of Midila by Pope John Paul II, who was also his principal consecrator. In the following years he served as apostolic nuncio to the Republic of Congo, Cuba, and Colombia.
Prefect of Congregation for the Clergy
In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, a position he held until Pope Francis nominated him Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on 21 September 2013.
On Tuesday, 10 March 2015, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Stella to serve as a Member of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.
He was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
- "Vaticano, nuove nomine: Stella al Clero e Baldisseri al Sinodo". Vatican Insider (in Italian). 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2015-01-09.
- "Annuncio di Concistoro per la Creazione di Nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). The Vatican Today. 12 January 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
- Beniamino Stella
- "Beniamino Stella". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 2013-09-21.[self-published source]
|Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Republic of Congo
7 November 1987–15 December 1992
Faustino Sainz Muñoz
|Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba
15 December 1992–11 February 1999
Luis Robles Díaz
|Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
11 February 1999–13 October 2007
Justo Mullor García
|President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
13 October 2007–21 September 2013
|Catholic Church titles|
|Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
21 September 2013–present
|Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Cosma e Damiano
25 May 2014-present