Pope Names Bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy

Archbishop Giacomo Morandi

Reggio Emilia-Guastalla
Archbishop Giacomo Morandi

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, titular of Cerveteri and secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as bishop of the diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy, conferring to him the title of Archbishop ad personam.

The appointment comes after the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy, presented by Bishop Massimo Camisasca, F.S.C.B.

Archbishop Giacomo Morandi was born on August 24, 1965, in Modena, in the metropolitan archdiocese of the same name. He was awarded a licentiate in biblical sciences from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1989-1992) and a licentiate and doctorate in theology of evangelization from the Pontifical Gregorian University (2008).

On April 11, 1990, he was ordained a priest and incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola, where he held the following offices: director of the diocesan Office of Biblical Service (1994-2013); episcopal vicar for Catechesis, Evangelisation, and Culture (2005-2010); archpriest of the Cathedral Chapter (2011-2015); vicar general (2010-2015); diocesan administrator (2015).

Furthermore, he has served as a lecturer in Sacred Scripture at the Interdiocesan Theological Studium of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Modena-Nonantola, Carpi, Parma (1993-2015) and at the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences in Modena-Nonantola (1993-2015).

On October 27, 2015, he was appointed as under-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On July 18, 2017, he was appointed as titular archbishop of Cerveteri and secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, receiving episcopal ordination on September 30, 2017.

He is a consultor of the Congregation for Bishops and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It has existed in its current form since 1986. In that year the historical Diocese of Reggio Emilia was united with the Diocese of Guastalla. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola.

Originally the diocese was part of the ecclesiastical province of Milan, then it was suffragan to the Archbishop of Ravenna. Because of the schism of the Antipope Clement III, Pope Paschal II released the dioceses of Emilia, including Reggio, from obedience to the church of Ravenna, and made them directly subject to the Holy See (Rome), but twelve years later Pope Gelasius II restored the previous status. In 1582 the diocese of Bologna was raised to the status of a metropolitan archbishopric. Reggio was made a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bologna, by Pope Gregory XIII in the bull Universi orbis of 10 December 1582. Modena was raised to the status of an archdiocese and its bishop to the status of a Metropolitan Archbishop by Pope Pius IX in his bull of 22 August 1855, entitled Vel ab antiquis. Reggio became one of its suffragans.