Marcello Semeraro

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Marcello Semeraro
Bishop of Albano
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed1 October 2004
PredecessorAgostino Vallini
Other postsSecretary of the Council of Cardinals (2013-)
Ordination8 September 1971
by Francesco Minerva
Consecration29 September 1998
by Cosmo Francesco Ruppi
Personal details
Birth nameMarcello Semeraro
Born (1947-12-22) 22 December 1947 (age 72)
Monteroni di Lecce, Lecce, Italy
Previous postBishop of Oria (1998-2004)
Alma materPontifical Lateran University
MottoIn spiritu seminare
Coat of armsMarcello Semeraro's coat of arms

Marcello Semeraro (born 22 December 1947) is a Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Albano, and secretary to the group of cardinals named by Pope Francis to advise him.


Semeraro was born in Monteroni di Lecce, Province of Lecce, Italy. He was ordained to the priesthood on 8 September 1971. He received his Doctor of Theology degree in 1980 from the Pontifical Lateran University. On 25 July 1998 he was named Bishop of Oria. He was consecrated on 29 September 1998 by Archbishop Cosmo Francesco Ruppi with Archbishops Domenico Caliandro and Donato Negro as co-consecrators.

He taught at the Pontifical Lateran University in 2001. Pope John Paul II chose him as Special Secretary of the 2001 Synod of Bishops,[1] which considered the role of the bishops in contemporary society. That Synod's final statement pointed to social injustice as the root cause of terrorism and decried third world debt and "the enduring drama of hunger and extreme poverty". Semeraro commented: "There is a strong will to dismantle the image of bishops as men of power and to reinstitute the image of bishops as men of service."[2]

On 1 October 2004 he was named Bishop of Albano.

He is a Consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy and the Italian Episcopal Conference (IEC), and a member of the IEC Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith.

On 4 May 2007 he was elected president of the administrative board of the IEC newspaper Avvenire, in place of Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, who had been elected president of the IEC.

In June 2010, he became president of the IEC Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith.

On 13 April 2013 Pope Francis appointed him secretary of the commission of cardinals appointed to advise him on the government of the Church and the organization of the Roman Curia.[3]

On 4 November 2013, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Exarchic Monastery and Territorial Abbey of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata.

In a 2017 interview, Semeraro described the work of the Council of Cardinals: listening, reflecting, and verifying. The Council, he said, listens to the contributions of the Church; reflects on those contributions, and looks into the details of them, considering the best way of going forward. It then makes proposals to the Pope; as Bishop Semeraro explained, the Council has a consultative role.[4]


  • (in Italian) Mistero, comunione e missione - Manuale di ecclesiologia (Bologna, 2004)[5]
  • (in Italian) Dalla Parte del Padre (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2010)[6]


  1. ^ "X Ordinary General Assembly (30 September-27 October 2001)". Synod of Bishops. Holy See. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  2. ^ Henneberger, Melinda (28 October 2001). "Social Justice And Terror Offer Bishops Tough Issue". New York Times. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Gerard (14 April 2013). "Pope Francis sets up a group of eight cardinals to advise him". La Stampa: Vatican Insider. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  4. ^ Interview with Council Secretary
  5. ^ "Nota al testo di M. Semeraro, "Mistero, comunione e missione"" (in Italian). La Casa di Miriam Torino. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Dalla Parte del Padre" (in Italian). Libreria del Santo. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Agostino Vallini
Bishop of Albano Laziale
1 October 2004 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Armando Franco
Bishop of Oria
25 July 1998 – 1 October 2004
Succeeded by
Michele Castoro