Paolo Martinelli (bishop)

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Paolo Martinelli

Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia
SeeVicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia
Appointed1 May 2022
Installed2 July 2022
PredecessorPaul Hinder
Other post(s)Titular Bishop of Musti in Numidia (2014–)
Personal details
Born22 October 1958 (1958-10-22) (age 65)
Milan, Italy
ResidenceThe Bishop's House
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
MottoGloria Dei Vivens Homo
(The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive)
Ordination history of
Paolo Martinelli
Priestly ordination
Ordained byRenato Corti
Date7 September 1985
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAngelo Scola
Date28 June 2014
PlaceMetropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary, Milan
Styles of
Paolo Martinelli
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Paolo Martinelli, OFMCap (born 22 October 1958) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church. He is the apostolic vicar of the Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia.[1]

Early life[edit]

He studied theology in Milan and was ordained a priest on 7 September 1985.[2] He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he obtained a licentiate in fundamental theology and subsequently a doctorate in theology with a thesis on the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar.[3]

He was a member of the faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University[4] (since 1992) and at the Pontifical University of Antonianum[5](since 1993), where he was also the Dean of the Franciscan Institute Spirituality from 2004 to 2014. Since 2006, he was also the Consultor of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. He has also been the Consultor of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, and since 2012, he has been a Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


On 24 May 2014, Pope Francis appointed Martinelli as the auxiliary bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Milan[6] and the titular bishop of Musti in Numidia. He was ordained bishop in the Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary on 28 June 2014. He chose “Gloria Dei Vivens Homo” (The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive)[7] as his episcopal motto. Since 2014, he has been the Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life. Monsignor Paolo Martinelli is also a member of the Italian Bishops Conference since 2015 and was elected the President of the Episcopal Commission for the Clergy and Consecrated Life of the conference in 2021. Msgr. Martinelli has also authored and edited several books and articles on spiritual theology and the various vocations in the Church.[8]

In May 2022, Martinelli was appointed by Pope Francis as the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia,[9][10] succeeding Paul Hinder.[11] He was formally installed as apostolic vicar on 2 July 2022.[12]


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  2. ^ "Bishop Paolo Martinelli, OFMCap.". David M. Cheney. 9 October 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Bishop Paolo Martinelli". Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Paolo Martinelli". Eucharistic Congress - IEC2020. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Pontificia Università Antonianum | Pontificia Università Antonianum". Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  6. ^ "S.E.R. Mons. Paolo Martinelli - Annuario dei vescovi" [H.E. Mons. Paolo Martinelli]. chiesa cattolica italia (in Italian). Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Monsignor Martinelli, il motto e lo stemma episcopale" [Monsignor Martinelli, the motto and the episcopal coat of arms]. Frati Cappuccini Italiani [Italian Capuchin Friars] (in Italian). Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  8. ^ "Curriculum Vitae Studiorum et Operum, Martinelli Paulo" (PDF).[dead link]
  9. ^ "Pope appoints vicar for southern Arabia". Arab News. 1 May 2022. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Monsignor Martinelli Vicario apostolico per l'Arabia meridionale" [Monsignor Martinelli Vicar Apostolic for Southern Arabia]. Chiesa di Milano (in Italian). Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Communique from Apostolic Nunciature in UAE: Appointment of New Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia". Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Installation Mass of Bishop Paolo Martinelli as the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia". Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Auxiliary Bishop of Milan
24 May 2014 to 1 May 2022
Succeeded by
Preceded by Apostolic Vicar of
Southern Arabia

1 May 2022 to Present