Claudio Maria Celli

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Claudio Maria Celli (born 20 July 1941), is an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. An archbishop, Celli is President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.


Archbishop Celli was born in Rimini, and ordained to the priesthood on 19 March 1965. He graduated from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1966. In 1990, he became Undersecretary of the Relations with States (equivalent to foreign minister) section of the Vatican Secretariat of State.

On 16 December 1995, Celli was appointed Secretary of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See and Titular Archbishop of Cluentum. He received his episcopal consecration on 6 January 1996 from Pope John Paul II, with Archbishops Giovanni Battista Re and Jorge María Mejía serving as co-consecrators.

Pope Benedict XVI named him President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications on 27 June 2007. Celli succeeded the long-time incumbent and future cardinal, John Patrick Foley.

He stated in January 2008 that Catholic media "should not become...instruments of a religious or cultural fundamentalism".[1] He continued: "Our media is directed not just to Catholics, but to all men...they don't exist only for–or are directed only to–people who already belong to the Church, rather they should also give careful attention to what exists in the soul of man, in his heart, where sometimes there can be distance from God, or many times, a deep nostalgia for God."

Formal establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See, represented by Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli (left), and Israel, represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin, December 1993

In January 2009, he announced an agreement with Google to build a joint venture giving Benedict XVI his own YouTube channel.[2]

On 5 January 2011 he was appointed one of the first members of the newly created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.[3] Marking the 2012 World Day of Communications, Archbishop Celli, speaking on Pope Benedict's message of silence said, "the topic chosen by the Holy Father for this World Day of Social Communications is attentive to today’s communicative phenomena and invites us all to reflect on this fundamental point: Silence is an integral part of communication. This is why, when we wish communication to be genuinely human -- because it begins from one man and is addressed to other men -- the word that is communicated must be nourished by silence to be more meaningful, to be more true. Because it is in silence that I hear, it is in silence that I understand more attentively what are the needs, the sufferings, the search for the good and true that is in the heart of other men".[4]

In September 2014 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jean-Louis Tauran
Undersecretary for Relations with States
1 December 1990 – 16 December 1995
Succeeded by
Celestino Migliore
Preceded by
Giovanni Lajolo
Secretary of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
16 December 1995 – 27 June 2007
Succeeded by
Domenico Calcagno
Preceded by
John Patrick Foley
President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
27 June 2007 — March 2016
Succeeded by
none, dicastary dissolved