Giorgio Marengo

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Giorgio Marengo

Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar
Marengo in 2022
In office2 April 2020
PredecessorWenceslao Selga Padilla
Other post(s)
Ordination26 May 2001
by Severino Poletto
Consecration8 August 2020
by Luis Antonio Tagle
Created cardinal27 August 2022
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal priest
Personal details
Giorgio Marengo

(1974-06-07) 7 June 1974 (age 49)
Cuneo, Italy
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Urban University
MottoRespicite ad eum et illuminamini
(Latin for 'Look towards Him and be enlightened')
Coat of armsGiorgio Marengo's coat of arms
Styles of
Giorgio Marengo
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Giorgio Marengo, I.M.C. (born 7 June 1974) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church. Created a cardinal by Pope Francis on 27 August 2022, he has been the Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, a missionary jurisdiction that covers the entire country of Mongolia, since 2 April 2020.

He is the youngest member of the College of Cardinals.[1]


Marengo was born in Cuneo on 7 June 1974. He is part of the scouts, practices fencing[2] and he graduated at a classical lyceum.

He studied philosophy from 1993 to 1995 at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and theology from 1996 to 1999 at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He studied at the Pontifical Urban University from 1999 to 2002, earning a licentiate and later on (2016) a doctorate in missiology. On 24 June 2000, he made his profession of vows for the Consolata Missionaries and on 26 May 2001 he was ordained a priest.[3]

The first member (together with a confrere and 3 religious sisters) of his order to work in Mongolia, he has served there since becoming a priest.[3]

From 2016 to 2020 he was his order's regional councilor of Asia, superior of the Consolata Missionaries for Mongolia and parish priest at Mary Mother of Mercy parish in Arvaikheer.[3][4]

On 2 April 2020 Pope Francis appointed him apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar and titular bishop of Castra Severiana.[3] He succeeded Wenceslao Selga Padilla, who died on 25 September 2018.[5] He was consecrated in the Santuario della Consolata on 8 August 2020 by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle,[6][7] assisting him were Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin and Cardinal Severino Poletto, Archbishop-emeritus of Turin.[8][9]

When Pope Francis announced on 29 May 2022 that he planned to make Marengo a cardinal on 27 August, Marengo was in Rome to participate in a meeting he had arranged between the pope and Buddhist leaders from Mongolia. He said: "Dialogue with the Buddhist world, which is a majority in Mongolia, is fundamental for us, it is part of our mission. I am sure it will bear good fruit."[10][11]

On 27 August 2022, Pope Francis made him a Cardinal-Priest, assigning him the title of San Giuda Taddeo Apostolo.[12] On 7 October 2022, Pope Francis appointed him as a member of the Dicastery for Evangelization.[13][14]


  • Sussurrare il Vangelo nella terra dell'eterno Cielo blu, riflessioni missiologiche sull'evangelizzazione in Mongolia; Urbaniana University Press, Via Urbano VIII, 16 – 00165 Rome, Italy.

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  1. ^ Povoledo, Elisabetta (29 May 2022). "Pope Francis Announces 21 New Cardinals". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  2. ^ Fabrizio Brignone (2 April 2020). "Padre Giorgio Marengo è ora prefetto apostolico in Mongolia" (in Italian). Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Resignations and Appointments, 02.04.2020" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Articoli di Giorgio Marengo". Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Nomina del Prefetto Apostolico di Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  6. ^ Lamberto, Giovanni Paolo (21 June 2020). "Corea del Sud: Nell'ultima settimana i contagi hanno ripreso..." (in Italian). Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  7. ^ Bello, Federica (9 August 2020). "Padre Giorgio Marengo. La Mongolia ora ha il suo vescovo". Avvenire (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  8. ^ Federica Bello (8 August 2020). "Padre Marengo è Vescovo" (in Italian). Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  9. ^ Pelazza, Sabrina (24 August 2020). "La chiesa cattolica in Mongolia, intervista al neo vescovo cuneese Giorgio Marengo" (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  10. ^ "The Apostolic Prefect Marengo, appointed Cardinal: "That of the Pope is a missionary gesture"". Agenzia Fides. 30 May 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Audience with a delegation of the Buddhist Authority in Mongolia, 28.05.2022" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 28 May 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Assegnazione dei Titoli e delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali" [Assignment of Titles and Deaconries to the new Cardinals]. The Holy See (in Italian). Ufficio delle Celebrazioni Liturgiche del Sommo Pontefice. 27 August 2022. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Marengo Card. Giorgio, I.M.C." Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 28 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 07.10.2022" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 7 October 2022. B0745/01532-EN.01. Retrieved 23 March 2023.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar
2 April 2020–present