Silvia Correale

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Silvia Monica Correale
Rosario, Argentina

Doctor Silvia Monica Correale is an Argentinian-Italian lawyer from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.[1] She is the first ever woman Postulator in the Vatican City, having worked there since graduating from university.[2]


Corrale studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and then worked there as a professor of theology for three years. In 1988, she moved to Rome, Italy, to study for a degree in canon law at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas and became a doctor in canon law after graduating from the Pontifical Lateran University "Summa cum laude".[1] She has used her qualifications to speak to the media on behalf of the Vatican in relation to canon law.[3]


Corrale started working for the Holy See in 1992 as the Deputy Commissioner for the Defense of the Link in the Special Commission of Super Rato causes.[1][4] She later came to be referred to as the "Decana de los Argentinos en Roma" (English: Dean of the Argentines in Rome) as she was the longest serving Argentinian working in the Vatican City.[4] In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed her as the first female Postulator for the beatification department and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.[1] One of her first cases involved the beatification of former Vietnamese Cardinal, François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân.[5] As Postulator, she has focused her attention on the beatification of potential Argentinian saints,[6][7] becoming recognised as the specialist Postulator for Argentinian cases.[8] Since her appointment, there have been a number of additional female Postulators appointed to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.[9]


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  2. ^ "Dr. Silvia Monica Correale, Postulator". Luisa Piccarreta. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  3. ^ "Noticias de Colombia y el mundo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  4. ^ a b "Silvia Correale: "En el Vaticano nadie se hizo problema porque fuese mujer"" (in Spanish). La Nacion. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  5. ^ "Beatification cause opened for Vietnamese Cardinal Van Thuan". Catholic Culture. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  6. ^ AICA. "Para la postuladora, "la beatificación de la Madre Catalina es un signo para los argentinos"" (in Spanish). AICA. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  7. ^ "Enrique Shaw: The Argentine businessman whom Francis my soon beatify". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  8. ^ "Hoy se conocerá la fecha de la canonización del cura Brochero" (in Spanish). La Voz. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  9. ^ "How does the Vatican prove someone is a saint? Key points of the Canonization process". Rome Reports. Retrieved 2017-11-27.