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Claudio Maniago

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Claudio Maniago
Metropolitan Archbishop of Catanzaro-Squillace
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed29 November 2021
Installed9 January 2022
PredecessorVincenzo Bertolone, S.D.P.
Ordination19 April 1984
by Silvano Piovanelli
Consecration8 September 2003
by Silvano Piovanelli
Personal details
Claudio Maniago

(1959-02-08) 8 February 1959 (age 65)
Previous post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Florence (2003-14)
Titular Bishop of Satafi (2003-14)
Bishop of Castellaneta (2014-2021)
Alma materAlmo Collegio Capranica
Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm
MottoIn manus Tuas
("In Thy hands")
Coat of arms
Ordination history of
Claudio Maniago
Priestly ordination
Ordained bySilvano Piovanelli
Date19 April 1984
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorSilvano Piovanelli
Co-consecratorsEnnio Antonelli
Gualtiero Bassetti
Date8 September 2003
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Claudio Maniago as principal consecrator
Giuseppe Favale9 April 2016

Claudio Maniago (born 8 February 1959) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who was named archbishop of Catanzaro-Squillace in 2021, after serving as the bishop of Castellaneta since 2014. He was previously an auxiliary bishop of Florence. He has led the liturgy programs of the Italian Episcopal Conference since 2015.

Early years[edit]

Claudio Maniago was born in Florence on 8 February 1959,[1] the son of a cook and a housewife from the Friuli region.[2] He studied at the major seminary there and then in Rome at the Almo Collegio Capranica. He earned a licentiate in liturgy at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm. On 19 April 1984, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Florence[1] by Archbishop Silvano Piovanelli.[2]

From 1987 to 1994 he was rector of the minor seminary, director of the diocesan center for vocations, a member of the diocesan pastoral council, and chaplain of the local Serra Club. In 1988 he became the Master of Ceremonies for the archdiocese and a lecturer in liturgy at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy [it].[1] In 1994 he became pro-vicar general of the archdiocese, moderator of its curia and honorary canon of the cathedral church of Florence.[3] In 2001 he was appointed vicar general of the archdiocese.[1]


On 18 July 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Florence and titular bishop of Satafi.[1] On 8 September he received his episcopal ordination from Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli, with co-consecrators Archbishop Ennio Antonelli and Bishop Gualtiero Bassetti.[2] He was the youngest bishop in Italy at the time.[4] Among the attendees was his friend Piero Marini, the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations.[2]

In addition to his assignments in Florence, he became the secretary of the Commission for the Liturgy of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI).[5]

On 12 July 2014, Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Castellaneta. He was installed there on 14 September 2014.[6]

On 21 May 2015, the CEI elected him president of its Commission for the Liturgy. On 3 October he was also appointed, by the Permanent Bishop's Council of the CEI, president of the Liturgical Action Center (Centro Azione Liturgica),[7] which on behalf of the CEI promotes the liturgical movement in the Church and the renewal envisioned by the Second Vatican Council.[8]

On 28 October 2016, Pope Francis named him a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.[9]

In March 2021, Pope Francis charged Maniago with undertaking a review of the Congregation of Divine Worship in anticipation of the appointment of a new prefect following the retirement of Cardinal Robert Sarah in February.[10][11]


Pope Francis named him archbishop of Catanzaro-Squillace on 29 November 2021.[12] Maniago was installed there on 9 January 2022.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e Nomine 2003.07.18" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Scafardi, Fabio (9 September 2003). "Firenze si stringe attorno al Vescovo Maniago". Il Giornale della Toscana (in Italian). Archived from the original on 17 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021 – via Parrocchia Santa Maria delle Grazie Calenzano (FI).
  3. ^ "Vescovo". Diocese of Castellaneta (in Italian). Archived from the original on 26 October 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. ^ "E' il vescovo più giovane d' Italia Ha 44 anni, sarà ausiliare di Firenze". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 19 July 2003. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Firenze, il vescovo Maniago lascia la diocesi: guiderà quella di Castellaneta". Firenze Post (in Italian). 12 July 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  6. ^ Le Petit Episcopologe, Issue 172, Number 14,455.
  7. ^ "Nuovo Presidente del CAL" (in Italian). Ufficio Liturgicho Nazionale della Conferenza Episcopale Italiana. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Centro Azione Liturgica" (in Italian). Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts, 28.10.2016" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  10. ^ Wooden, Cindy (15 March 2021). "Before naming Cardinal Sarah's replacement, Pope Francis wants an outside review of the congregation for worship". America. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  11. ^ Cernuzio, Salvatore (17 March 2021). "Vaticano, visita interna al Dicastero del Culto Divino prima della scelta del nuovo prefetto". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 29.11.2021" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 29 November 2021. Retrieved 2 December 2021.

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