Guido Pozzo

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Guido Pozzo (born 26 December 1951) is a Catholic prelate and an official of the Roman Curia.


Pozzo was born near Trieste, Italy. He entered the Almo Collegio Capranica in 1970. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, earning a license and then a doctorate in dogmatic theology.[1]

On 24 September 1977 he was ordained a priest of the diocese of Trieste. In 1987 he became a member of the staff of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Pozzo was appointed Prelate of Honour of His Holiness on 21 November 2004. A distinguished theologian, Pozzo is also a professor at the Lateran University and Adjunct Secretary of the International Theological Commission.[2] Pope Benedict XVI named him secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei on 8 July 2009,[2] the day the Pope linked the Commission closely to the CDF, making the Congregation's Prefect also President of the Commission.[3]

Pozzo headed the Vatican delegation that began discussions on 26 October 2009 with representatives of the Society of St. Pius X in the hope of resolving the doctrinal differences between them.[4] The discussions proved difficult,[5] but after several years Pozzo, now Secretary of the Commission, described them as "constructive".[6]

On 3 November 2012, Pozzo was appointed Almoner of His Holiness and at the same time Titular Archbishop of Bagnoregio.[2] He was consecrated on 17 November by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, assisted by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Giampaolo Crepaldi.

On 30 April 2013 he was named a Consultor to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).[7]

On 3 August 2013 he was released from his duties as Almoner and assigned once more to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, now as Secretary.[8]


  2. ^ a b c "Mons. Guido Pozzo nuovo Elemosiniere di Sua Santità". Zenit (in Italian). 5 November 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Benoît XVI poursuit la réintégration des lefebvristes". Le Figaro (in French). 8 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Tornielli, Andrea (27 October 2009). "Lefebvriani riaccolti in Vaticano, l'incontro del disgelo dopo 21 anni". Il Giornale (in Italian). Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Allen Jr., John L. (14 September 2011). "Outreach to traditionalists may have stalled". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Vatican: No date for reconciliation with Lefebvrians, but the spirit is 'constructive'". Rome Reports. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
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  8. ^ "Il Papa nomina mons. Pozzo segretario della Commissione "Ecclesia Dei" e mons. Krajewski Elemosiniere" (in Italian). Vatican Radio. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mario Marini
Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
8 July 2009 – 3 November 2012
Title next held by
Preceded by
Félix del Blanco Prieto
Almoner of His Holiness
3 November 2012 – 3 August 2013
Succeeded by
Konrad Krajewski
Title last held by
Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
3 August 2013 – present