Lorenzo Baldisseri

His Eminence
Lorenzo Baldisseri
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
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Appointed21 September 2013
PredecessorNikola Eterovic
Other posts
  • Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino
Ordination29 June 1963
by Ugo Camozzo
Consecration7 March 1992
by Angelo Sodano
Created Cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameLorenzo Baldisseri
Born(1940-09-29) 29 September 1940 (age 76)
Barga, Italy
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)
Alma materUniversity of Perugia, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Pontifical Lateran University
MottoItinere Laete Servire Domino
(Serve the Lord Joyfully)
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Lorenzo Baldisseri (given birth to 29 Sept 1940) can be an Italian cardinal. He continues to be the Secretary General from the Synod of Bishops since 21 Sept 2013. He previously offered as Secretary from the Congregation for Bishops after a lot more than two decades in the diplomatic program from the Holy See.

Baldisseri was created in Barga, in the province of Lucca, Italy, on 29 Sept 1940 and ordained on 29 June 1963. He researched on the Pontifical Lateran College or university and the College or university of Perugia from 1970 to 1973. He gained a doctorate in cannon law, using a thesis entitled: "The Nunciature in Tuscany". In 1971 he moved into the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He was designated to Guatemala within the Diplomatic Assistance from the Holy Discover and served in lots of the areas of around the world the next 2 decades. In 1992 Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Diocletiana and Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. Afterwards tasks included Paraguay (1995-1999), India (2000-2002) and Brazil (2002-2012).

Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops

He was appointed secretary from the Congregation for Bishops on 11 January 2012. He offered as secretary of the faculty of Cardinals from 7 March 2012 to 28 January 2014. For the reason that function he offered as secretary from the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis. By the end of this conclave, Pope Francis provided Baldisseri his zuchetto, a normal sign that the brand new pope would shortly make the secretary a cardinal.In January 2013, he reported on Pope Benedict XVI's conferences using the world's bishops. Referred to as advertisement limina visits, these are supposed to take place every five years. Baldisseri stated that it acquired used the Pope a lot more than seven years to comprehensive the full routine.In early Sept 2013, Baldisseri was element of several 30 officials from the Roman Curia who met with Pope Francis to provide their views and concerns regarding his proposed reorganization from the Vatican's administrative apparatus.

General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis named Baldisseri the overall Secretary from the Synod of Bishops on 21 Sept 2013. His central responsibility was to arrange the synod procedures based on the pope's eyesight, "to radically revamp its operating methods".In October 2013 Archbishop Baldisseri asked nationwide bishops conferences all over the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics requesting their opinions on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. Baldisseri asked the episcopal meetings to distribute the poll "instantly as widely as you can to deaneries and parishes in order that insight from local resources could be received." The poll, which will come in a questionnaire delivered to nationwide bishops' conferences internationally in preparation to get a Vatican synod for the family members next Oct, was the very first time the church's central hierarchy offers requested such insight from grass-roots Catholics because the establishment from the synod program following Second Vatican Council.Within a May 2014 newspaper interview, Baldisseri stated it was time for you to update Church doctrine regarding the divorce and folks who are in civil partnerships: "The Church isn't timeless, she lives amidst the vicissitudes of history as well as the Gospel should be known and experienced by customers," Cardinal Baldisseri says. "It really is in today's which the message ought to be, with all respect for the integrity from whom the message continues to be received. We've two synods to take care of this complicated theme from the family members and I really believe these dynamics in two motions will allow a far more sufficient response towards the expectations from the people".Within an interview Cardinal Baldisseri said that the structure from the upcoming extraordinary Synod of Bishops for the family will be shorter when compared to a usual synod and can include new tips targeted at helping the bishops really grapple with the problems together, said the overall secretary from the synod. "We wish a frank, open up, civilized dialogue,". Along with Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, Baldisseri offered as the general public voice from the synod, detailing its procedures as well as the methods its format departed from those of earlier synods.The topics raised in the questionnaire included contraception, divorce and remarriage, same-sex relationship, premarital sex and in vitro fertilization. Some reactions questioned the church's teaching or urged greater knowledge of individuals who cannot constantly surpass that teaching. Cardinal Baldisseri stated that the bishops "must notice that the faithful perceive the reality" about the Gospel and its own ideals and their insight cannot be overlooked. "However the bishops possess the duty and specialist to discern methods to apply the continuous teaching from the chapel," he stated. The big differ from past synods would be that the voting people of the amazing synod will become asked to post their presentations on paper at least fourteen days before the get together starts, the cardinal stated."This isn't to limit the debate, but to greatly help organize it". The survey starting the synod, that used to be always a rephrasing from the synod functioning document, now is a initial summary from the bishops' submissions, he stated.At a 3 October 2014 press meeting, when asked the way the Synod over the Family would address this issue of divorced and remarried Catholics, he stated "The Synod is approximately family, not really divorce. Let's not really monopolize it with American problems. We have to present the wonder from the family towards the globe" and "you want to walk and watch the global issues to find a remedy in the light from the Gospel". He offered as the synod's general secretary.In Sept 2015, having reached age 75, he submitted his resignation as Secretary General from the Synod of Bishops to Pope Francis.


Pope Francis raised Baldisseri towards the rank of Cardinal-Deacon on 22 Feb 2014 and assigned him towards the Sant’Anselmo all'Aventino.In December 2013 he was appointed as an associate from the Congregation for Bishops which appointment was verified in-may 2014 after he became a cardinal.In Sept 2014 he was appointed an associate from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Individuals.

See also

Cardinals created by Pope Francis