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Giacomo Morandi

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Giacomo Morandi
Archbishop-Bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
DioceseReggio Emilia-Guastalla
SeeReggio Emilia-Guastalla
Appointed10 January 2022
PredecessorMassimo Camisasca
Ordination11 April 1990
by Santo Bartolomeo Quadri
Consecration30 September 2017
by Angelo De Donatis
Personal details
Born(1965-08-24)24 August 1965
Previous post(s)
  • Titular Archbishop of Caere (2017-2022)
  • Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2015-17)
  • Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2017–22)
Alma mater
MottoDomine tu Omnia scis ("Lord, You know all things")
Coat of armsGiacomo Morandi's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Giacomo Morandi
Priestly ordination
Ordained bySanto Bartolomeo Quadri
Date11 April 1990
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAngelo De Donatis
  • Erio Castellucci
  • Luciano Monari
Date30 September 2017
PlaceModena Cathedral, Italy
Styles of
Giacomo Morandi
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Giacomo Morandi (born 24 August 1965) is an Italian Catholic prelate who served as Bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla since 2022. He was elected president of the regional bishops' conference in 2024.[1]

Morandi served as the undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2015 to 2017 and then as secretary until 2022. He was made an archbishop in 2017 and retains that as his personal title.


Giacomo Morandi was born in Modena on 24 August 1965.

In 1978 he commenced his studies for the priesthood in Modena and received his ordination on 11 April 1990 from Archbishop Santo Bartolomeo Quadri. He obtained his baccalaureate in theological studies and in 1992 obtained a licentiate in Biblical Sciences at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. In 2008 he obtained a licentiate and a doctorate in theological evangelization at the Pontifical Gregorian as well as in missiology. Morandi also served as a professor at the Institute of Religious Sciences in Modena and as a lecturer on patristic exegesis at an institute in Rome.[2]

Morandi held various pastoral positions in the Modena archdiocese and he served as the vicar for episcopal catechesis and both evangelization and culture from 2005 until 2010 before his appointment in November 2010 as the vicar general for the archdiocese. This assignment ceased in 2015 upon the death of the archbishop at which stage he served as the diocesan administrator from 20 February to 12 September 2015 until the selection of a new archbishop. On 14 September the new archbishop Erio Castellucci reappointed him as the archdiocese's vicar general.

On 27 October 2015, Pope Francis appointed him undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 18 July 2017, he appointed him secretary of that body and elevated him to the rank of archbishop with the titular see of Cerveteri.[2][3] Morandi received his episcopal consecration in the Modena Cathedral on 30 September 2017 from Archbishop Angelo De Donatis,[4] along with co-consecrators Archbishop Erio Castellucci and Bishop Luciano Monari.[citation needed] He was reportedly responsible for the Congregation's March 2021 document that explained why the church forbids the blessing of same-sex unions, which was largely respectful of those in such relationships but proved controversial for its assertion that the church "cannot bless sin".[5][6][7]

On 10 January 2022, Pope Francis named him as the bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, granting him the use of the personal title of archbishop.[8] His installation there was scheduled for 13 March.[9]

Morandi was named president of the Episcopal Conference of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla in 2024.[1]


Published works[edit]

  • Lugo teologico di evangelizzazione, Milano, Edizioni Paoline, 2009, ISBN 978-88-315-3582-3.


  1. ^ a b "Conservative ousted by pope elected to lead regional bishops conference in Italy". Crux. 17 January 2024. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Pope Francis appoints Italian Biblicist as deputy of doctrinal congregation". Crux. 18 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Father Giacomo Morandi promoted to CDF secretary". The Catholic World Report. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ Farina, Gabriele (1 October 2017). "Don Morandi arcivescovo "Porto Modena nel cuore"". Gazzetta di Modena (in Italian). Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  5. ^ Winfield, Nicole (10 January 2022). "Pope Francis removes from Vatican doctrine office archbishop who is believed to have banned same-sex blessings". America. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  6. ^ Mickens, Robert (15 January 2022). "Pope Francis is still a long way from reforming Roman Curia culture". La Croix. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to a dubium regarding the blessing of the unions of persons of the same sex, 15.03.2021". Holy See Press Office. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 10.01.2022" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Saluti a monsignor Camisasca e ingresso del nuovo vescovo Giacomo: le date". La Libertà (in Italian). 19 January 2022. Retrieved 24 January 2022.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
2017 – present
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Titular Archbishop of Cerveteri
2017 – present