Lorenzo Baldisseri

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His Eminence
Lorenzo Baldisseri
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
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SeeSant’Anselmo all’Aventino
Appointed21 September 2013
PredecessorNikola Eterovic
Other posts
Orders
Ordination29 June 1963
by Ugo Camozzo
Consecration7 March 1992
by Angelo Sodano
Created Cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Birth nameLorenzo Baldisseri
Born(1940-09-29) 29 September 1940 (age 73)
Barga, Italy
NationalityItalian
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Diocletiana (1992-2014)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti (1992-1995)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Paraguay (1995-1999)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to India (1999-2002)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Nepal (1999-2002)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil (2002-2012)
  • Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops (2012-2013)
  • Secretary of the Sacred College of Cardinals (2012-2014)
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His Eminence
Lorenzo Baldisseri
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
Lorenzo Baldisseri.jpg
SeeSant’Anselmo all’Aventino
Appointed21 September 2013
PredecessorNikola Eterovic
Other posts
Orders
Ordination29 June 1963
by Ugo Camozzo
Consecration7 March 1992
by Angelo Sodano
Created Cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Birth nameLorenzo Baldisseri
Born(1940-09-29) 29 September 1940 (age 73)
Barga, Italy
NationalityItalian
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Diocletiana (1992-2014)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti (1992-1995)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Paraguay (1995-1999)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to India (1999-2002)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Nepal (1999-2002)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil (2002-2012)
  • Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops (2012-2013)
  • Secretary of the Sacred College of Cardinals (2012-2014)
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Lorenzo Baldisseri
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Informal styleCardinal

Lorenzo Baldisseri (born 29 September 1940 in Pisa) has been the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops since his appointment was announced by Pope Francis on 21 September 2013; previously, he had served as Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.[1][2]

Ordained in 1963, Baldisseri studied at the Pontifical Lateran University, the University of Perugia from 1970 to 1973 before his assignment to Guatemala as part of the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See. He worked in many other areas of the world before, in 1992, he was relocated to Haiti when Pope John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Nuncio.[3] At the same time he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Diocletiana. Subsequent assignments include Paraguay (1995-1999), India (2000-2002) and Brazil (2002-2012).

The Congregation for Bishops, which he serves as secretary, oversees the selection of new bishops that are not in mission territories or those areas that come under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches who deal with the Eastern Catholics, pending papal approval. It also schedules the papal audiences required quinquennially for bishops and arranges the creation of new dioceses. Traditionally, the secretary of the Congregation for Bishops is also secretary of the College of Cardinals. On 7 March 2012 he was appointed to this role in which he served until 28 January 2014.[4][5]

He served as secretary of the 2013 conclave as a result of his role of secretary of the College of Cardinals. It was reported by Rádio Vaticano, Portuguese section, that Archbishop Baldisseri received the cardinalitial zucchetto from Pope Francis at the end of that conclave.[6] This was an old tradition that had last been practiced by Pope John XXIII in 1958, when he placed his skullcap on the head of Monsignor Alberto di Jorio, who was secretary of the conclave, creating him a cardinal formally in December of that year.

Archbishop Baldisseri is the current Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops since his appointment was announced by Pope Francis on 21 September 2013. On 16 December 2013 he was appointed as a member of the Congregation for Bishops.[7] In January 2014 it was announced that he will be elevated to the cardinalate at the next consistory on 22 February 2014.[8] As announced, Lorenzo Baldisseri was created cardinal on February 22 with the title of Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino.

In May 2014 in an interview with Belgian newspaper De Standaard, Cardinal Baldisseri says it is time to update Church marriage doctrine, for example in connection with divorce, the situation of divorcees and people who are in civil partnerships. His comments will appear in an exclusive interview with the Christian weekly magazine Tertio, published on Wednesday. "The Church is not timeless, she lives amidst the vicissitudes of history and the Gospel must be known and experienced by people today," Cardinal Baldisseri says. "It is in the present that the message should be, with all respect for the integrity from whom the message has been received. We now have two synods to treat this complex theme of the family and I believe that these dynamics in two movements will allow a more adequate response to the expectations of the people", says the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. [9]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Portuguese Wikipedia.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Giuseppe Leanza
Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
15 January 1992–6 April 1995
Succeeded by
Christophe Pierre
Preceded by
José Sebastián Laboa Gallego
Apostolic Nuncio to Paraguay
6 April 1995–19 June 1999
Succeeded by
Antonio Lucibello
Preceded by
Georg Zur
as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio
Apostolic Nuncio to India
19 June 1999–12 November 2002
Succeeded by
Pedro López Quintana
Apostolic Nuncio to Nepal
23 June 1999–12 November 2002
Preceded by
Alfio Rapisarda
Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil
12 November 2002–11 January 2012
Succeeded by
Giovanni d’Aniello
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Manuel Monteiro de Castro
Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops
11 January 2012–21 September 2013
Succeeded by
Ilson de Jesus Montanari
Secretary of the College of Cardinals
7 March 2012–28 January 2014
Preceded by
Nikola Eterović
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
21 September 2013–present
Incumbent