Nunzio Galantino

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Nunzio Galantino
Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference
Church Roman Catholicism
Appointed 30 December 2013 (interim), 26 March 2014 (full term)
Predecessor Mariano Crociata
Ordination 23 December 1972
Consecration 25 February 2012
by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco
Personal details
Born (1948-08-16) 16 August 1948 (age 68)
Cerignola, Italy
Previous post Bishop of Cassano all'Jonio
Motto Inclina cor meum in testimonia tua (Bend my heart to your instructions; Psalms 119:36)
Styles of
Nunzio Galantino
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Nunzio Galantino (born 16 August 1948) has been the Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) since 30 December 2013. He is also Bishop emeritus of Cassano all'Jonio.


Galantino was born in Cerignola, Italy, in 1948. He received a theology degree after studying from 1968 to 1972 at the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Benevento, Campania, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Ascoli Satriano e Cerignola on 23 December 1972. He earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Bari in 1974. From 1972 to 1977 he was Vice-Rector of the Seminary of Foggia, Italy, and Assistant of Catholic Action. In 1974 he became the Professor at the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Benevento, a post he held until 1972. From 1977 he was a priest at the parish of Saint Francis of Assisi in Cerignola. In that time he held the offices of Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Care and for Culture and Continuing Education. From 1977 he was Professor of Anthropology at the Faculty of Theology for Southern Italy. In 2004 he became Head of National Service for the Higher Study of Theology and Religious Science at the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI).[1]

On 9 December 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Cassano all'Jonio. He was consecrated on 25 February 2012 in the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Cerignola by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. He chose as his motto Inclina cor meum in testimonia tua (Bend my heart to your instructions; Psalms 119:36). On that occasion, he asked that money ordinarily spent on gifts for him should be spent on services for the poor. While bishop he lived at the seminary rather than in the bishop's palace and eschewed the services of a secretary and chauffeur. He asked to be called "Don Nunzio" instead of the customary title "Your Excellency."[2]

On 30 December 2013, Pope Francis named him interim Secretary General of the CEI,[3] Pope Francis wrote to the people of Galantino's diocese to "ask permission" to give their bishop this assignment, saying: "I ask you to understand and to forgive me".[4][a] Rather than leave his diocese, Gallantino asked to be allowed to divide his time between his new post and his duties as bishop.[5] Corriere della Sera described Galantino's appointment as the selection of someone who had not sought the appointment and said it represented a break with recent popes' political approach to the CEI, reflected Francis' emphasis on pastoral activity, and signaled his expectations for the next president of the CEI.[6] Longtime Vatican observer John L. Allen later described the appointment as indicative of Pope Francis' management style, putting his own person in place without removing the head of the CEI and "making it so clear that [Galantino] enjoys his favor that everyone understands he's the real papal point of reference in the Italian episcopacy".[7] On 26 March 2014, Pope Francis appointed Galantino to a full term as secretary-general.[8]

In May 2014, in an interview about preparations for the Synod on the Family in October 2014, Bishop Galantino told the Florence-based La Nazione newspaper that he wanted church leaders to open their minds to different views: "My wish for the Italian Church is that it is able to listen without any taboo to the arguments in favour of married priests, the Eucharist for the divorced, and homosexuality." He said that "In the past we have concentrated too much on abortion and euthanasia. It mustn't be this way because in the middle there's real life which is constantly changing. I don't identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work."[9] In August 2014, he said the Church must make everyone feel at home, that "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice. The burden of exclusion from the sacraments is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination".[10] He did not advocate allowing divorced Catholics who remarried to receive Communion, but said that "pastoral charity which for people facing marriage and family difficulties means acceptance, understanding, accompanying and support".[11]

On 28 February, Pope Francis accepted Galantino's resignation as bishop of Cassano all'Jonio.[12]


  • Beati quelli che non si accontentano (2016)[7]


  1. ^ Pope Francis wrote: "Per una missione importante ho bisogno che monsignor Galantino venga a Roma almeno per un periodo. So quanto voi amate il vostro vescovo e so che non vi farà piacere che vi venga tolto, e vi capisco. Per questo ho voluto scrivervi direttamente come chiedendo il permesso. Egli sicuramente preferisce rimanere con voi, perché vi ama tanto. L'affetto è reciproco, e vi confesso che vedere questo amore filiale e paterno del popolo e del vescovo mi commuove e mi fa rendere grazie a Dio. Chiederò a monsignor Galantino che, almeno per un certo tempo, pur stando a Roma, viaggi regolarmente alcuni giorni per continuare ad accompagnarvi nel cammino della fede. Vi domando, per favore, di comprendermi e di perdonarmi."[4]


  1. ^ "Pontifical Acts - 9 December". Vatican News. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Allen Jr., John L. (3 January 2014). "The top five under-covered Catholic stories of 2013". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Gualtieri, Andrea (30 December 2013). "Vaticano, cambio al vertice Cei: lascia Crociata arriva Galantino". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Grana, Francesco Antonio (30 December 2013). "Cei, Galantino segretario. Il Papa alla sua diocesi: "Scusate, ma ho bisogno di lui"". Il fatto quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Vaticano, il nuovo segretario generale della CEI è Monsignor Nunzio Galantino". Cerignola La Viva. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Melloni, Alberto (2 January 2014). "Nunzio Galantino Segretario Cei meno Politica e più Religiosità". La Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Allen Jr., John L. (8 December 2016). "Rather than pulling a nail, Pope Francis finds another tool". CRUX. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Francese, Ican (26 March 2013). "Cei, il Papa sceglie il nuovo segretario". Il Giornale (in Italian). Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Gallicho, Grant (13 May 2014). "Pope's man in Italy on abortion, homosexuality & Communion for the divorced & remarried". Commonweal. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Leader of Italian bishops: Church should do more to welcome unconventional couples'". Catholic Herald. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Italian Bishops' Leader Says Church Must Welcome 'Unconventional Couples'". Zenit. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "L'addio di monsignor Galantino a Cassano all'Jonio" (in Italian). Zenit. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vincenzo Bertolone
Bishop of Cassano all'Jonio
9 December 2011 – 28 February 2015
Succeeded by
Francesco Savino
Preceded by
Mariano Crociata
Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference
30 December 2013 – present