|Church Roman Catholic|
Role Religious Leader
In office 26 June 2012–present
Predecessor Ennio Antonelli
|Coat of arms |
Ordination March 15, 1970
Name Vincenzo Paglia
Consecration April 2, 2000
|See Terni-Narni-Amelia (emeritus)|
Born 20 April 1945 (age 70)Boville Ernica, Frosinone, Italy (1945-04-20)
Previous post Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia
Education Pontifical Lateran University
Books Beasts of Boggart Hollow *Clmbia*
Similar People Angelo Comastri, Stanislaw Dziwisz, Giuliano Amato
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Vincenzo Paglia (born 20 April 1945) is an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Grand Chancellor of the St. John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family. He was bishop of the Terni-Narni-Amelia, Italy. He was a co-founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio in 1968.
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- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia discusses the canonization of Blessed scar Romero and Amoris Laetitia
- Early years
- Pontifical Council for the Family
- Pontifical Academy for Life
He is also Postulator for the cause of canonization of Blessed Óscar Romero (1917 – 1980), the assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, and of Venerable Father Felix Varela (1788 – 1853), a Cuban-American priest who worked in Havana, New York City, and St. Augustine, Florida, in the nineteenth century.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia discusses the canonization of Blessed Óscar Romero and Amoris Laetitia
Paglia was born in Boville Ernica, Frosinone, Italy. He was educated at the Pontifical Roman Minor and Major Seminary. He earned a Licentiate in Philosophy and a degree in Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. He also earned a Master's degree in Pedagogy from the University of Urbino, Italy. As a student in 1968 he was one of the co-founders of the Community of Sant'Egidio, an association of lay Catholics.
He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Rome on 15 March 1970 and served as a curate in Casal Palocco from 1970 to 1973. Later he was rector of the Church of Sant'Egidio in Trastevere. From 1981 to 2000 he was pastor of the Basilica parish of Santa Maria in Trastevere. There he 1982 he initiated the annual Christmas lunch (Pranzo di Natale) for the homeless and the poor, a project of the Community of Sant'Egidio held inside the church.
In September 2002 John Paul named him President of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
From 2004 to 2009 he was chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and from 2009 until 2012 he was president of the Episcopal Conference of Umbria. As President of the Conference of Bishops of Umbria, he promoted the Solidarity Fund, an initiative that provides economic support for families particularly affected by the recent economic crisis.
He was ecclesiastical advisor of the Community of Sant'Egidio.
He was the first priest to enter Albania after the elections in March and April 1991. He successfully negotiated the re-opening of the seminary and the return of the cathedral, and he paved the way for relations between Albania and the Holy See.
In December 2010, the town of Narnia sold a castle to an Italian investment group whose head was also a financial officer of Paglia's diocese. A government investigation into the transaction found Paglia had not been involved.
On 6 January 2011 he was named one of the first members, for a five-year renewable term, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
He has been responsible for inter-religious dialogue and has opposed a cooling of relations with Jewish leaders.
Pontifical Council for the Family
In February 2013 he noted in an interview that homosexual couples should be safe from unjust discrimination in countries where homosexual acts are illegal. He later said that he was not suggesting a change in church doctrine and that he was restating the official teaching of the Church.
As President of the Pontifical Council for the Family he was responsible for the Church's triennial World Meeting of Families.
His tenure as head of the Pontifical Council on the Family ended when that department's functions were taken over by the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on 1 September 2016.