Dominique Mamberti

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His Eminence
Dominique Mamberti
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
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See Sagone
Appointed 8 November 2014
Predecessor Raymond Leo Burke
Other posts
Ordination 20 September 1981
by Jean-Charles Thomas
Consecration 3 July 2002
by Angelo Sodano
Created Cardinal 14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth name Dominique François Joseph Mamberti
Born (1952-03-07) 7 March 1952 (age 63)
Marrakech, Morocco
Nationality French
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto Eritis mihi testes (You shall be My witnesses)[1]
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Dominique François Joseph Mamberti (born 7 March 1952) is the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in the Roman Curia. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Francis in 2015.


Early life and education[edit]

Dominique Mamberti was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 7 March 1952 and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Ajaccio, France, on 20 September 1981.[2] He has academic degrees in civil and canon law. He entered the Holy See's diplomatic service and worked in the apostolic nunciatures in Algeria, Chile and Lebanon, in the Holy See's office at United Nations headquarters in New York and in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State (Holy See).[3]

Mamberti is considered an expert on Latin America, the United Nations, Africa, the Middle East and Islam.[4]


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On 18 May 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Sagona and Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Apostolic Delegate to Somalia. He received episcopal consecration from Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano on 3 July 2002. On 19 February 2004, he was also appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Eritrea, and Somalia was removed from his remit.

Secretary for Relations with States[edit]

He was appointed Secretary for Relations with States by Pope Benedict XVI on 15 September 2006. This post is generally seen as the equivalent of Foreign Minister of the Holy See. In 2007 Archbishop Mamberti was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[5]

In June 2010, Mamberti visited Cuba and spent several days on the island, marking 75 years of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Cuba and participating in a national conference on the church's social teachings. He met with President Raul Castro, saying afterward that bilateral relations are "cordial, continuing and on the rise." "The visit of (Archbishop) Mamberti also showed the favorable development of relations between the state and the Catholic Church in Cuba," the government's note said.[4]

Mamberti, addressing the United Nations, in September 2011, called for "courageous decisions" toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land after Palestinian leaders requested full U.N. membership for the Palestinian state. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti did not say whether the Vatican explicitly supported the Palestinians' U.N. initiative. He added that the Vatican viewed the Palestinian bid "in the perspective of efforts to find a definitive solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian question – an issue addressed by a U.N. resolution of 1947 that foresaw the creation of two states. "One of them has already been created, while the other has not yet been established, although nearly 64 years have passed. The Holy See is convinced that if we want peace, it is necessary to adopt courageous decisions," he said.[6]

At the opening of the UN General Assembly in September 2012, Mamberti said that international law is "solidly based upon the dignity and nature of humanity—in other words, upon the natural law." He called the UN delegates' attention to the language of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which affirm the importance of the natural law. International law will earn recognition and respect, he said, if it is recognised as protecting every person and nation, not favouring the powerful. "Such will be possible," he said, "if legislation at the international level is marked by respect for the dignity of the human person, beginning with the centrality of the right to life and to freedom of religion."[7]

In a separate address in early October 2012, Mamberti spoke of the theme of the assembly was the "Adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means." In his French-language address, he lamented a "loss of faith in the value of dialogue, and the temptation to favor 'a priori' one of the sides in regional and national conflicts," saying that this threatens "respect for the juridical mechanisms of the United Nations." Archbishop Mamberti referred specifically to situations in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, "A solution is impossible if it fails to respect the rules of international and humanitarian law, or falls outside the mechanisms established in the United Nations Charter," he stated. "All interested parties should not only facilitate the mission of the special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, but also ensure humanitarian assistance to the suffering peoples. The international community must unite its efforts so that all sides replace the race to arms with negotiation, just as it must insist on effective respect for religious liberty, human rights and all fundamental freedoms."[8]

On January 16, 2013, Mamberti gave an interview to Vatican Radio about the Catholic Church's autonomy and religious freedom.[9]

In July 2014 commenting on the situation in Gaza, Mamberti sent a formal note to all the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, calling their attention to the appeals by Pope Francis for Christians in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. Mamberti said that the Holy See is “deeply concerned” with the suffering of Christians in the region. "Christian communities are suffering unjustly, they are scared, and many Christians have been forced to emigrate", he said.[10]

Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura[edit]

On 8 November 2014, Pope Francis appointed Mamberti as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the final court of appeal for any ecclesiastical judgment, besides the Pope himself. Then-Archbishop Mamberti succeeded Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke that was named Patron to the Order of Malta.[11]

On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make Archbishop Mamberti a cardinal on 14 February.[12] At the ceremony, he was appointed Cardinal-Deacon of the titular church of Santo Spirito in Sassia.[13]

On Monday, 13 April 2015, Cardinal Mamberti was named a Member of the Board of the Cardinals and Bishops for the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State's office, a Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and a Member of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. These memberships are at the pleasure of the Pope, for a five-year-term that can be renewed, and the Cardinal will have the right to be a Member or Consultor to any Vatican Roman Curia office until he turns 80, at which time he usually must resign his office (unless asked to stay by the Pope, and if he hasn't already resigned at the normal age of 75) and will lose the right to vote in a Papal Conclave.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Acts1:8
  2. ^ "Archbishop Dominique François Joseph Mamberti". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pope names foreign minister at ceremony for new secretary of state". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Vatican confirms relations with Cuba are "cordial and on a healthy course" — MercoPress". 22 June 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Presidenza della Repubblica". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "CNS STORY: Vatican calls for 'courageous' decisions on Palestinians". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "International law must be based on natural law, Vatican official tells UN : News Headlines". Catholic Culture. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Holy See at UN: Negotiation Must Replace Race to Arms". ZENIT. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
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  11. ^ Edward Pentin, "Cardinal Burke to Malta, Mamberti to Apostolic Signatura", 8 November 2014
  12. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Marco Dino Brogi OFM
Apostolic Delegate to Somalia
18 May 2002–15 January 2004
Succeeded by
Ramiro Moliner Inglés
Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan
18 May 2002–15 September 2006
Succeeded by
Leo Boccardi
Preceded by
Silvano Maria Tomasi
Apostolic Nuncio to Eritrea
19 February 2004–15 September 2006
Political offices
Preceded by
Giovanni Lajolo
Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See
15 September 2006–8 November 2014
Succeeded by
Paul Richard Gallagher
Catholic Church titles
New title
Titular see established
Archbishop of Sagone
18 May 2002 - 14 February 2015
Succeeded by
Paolo Gualtieri
Preceded by
Raymond Leo Burke
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
8 November 2014–present
Preceded by
Fiorenzo Angelini
Cardinal-Deacon of Santo Spirito in Sassia
14 February 2015-present