Francesco Moraglia

His Beatitude
Francesco Moraglia
Patriarch of Venice
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Venice
Province Italy
Metropolis Patriarch of Venice
Diocese Venice
See Venice
Appointed 31 January 2012
Installed 25 March 2012
Predecessor Angelo Scola
Ordination 29 June 1977
by Giuseppe Siri
Consecration 3 February 2008
by Angelo Bagnasco
Rank Patriarch
Personal details
Birth name Francesco Moraglia
Born (1953-05-25) 25 May 1953
Genova, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Francesco Moraglia (born 25 May 1953) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been Patriarch of Venice since 31 January 2012.[1]


Moraglia was born in Genoa. He attended the seminary of Genoa and on 29 June 1977 was ordained a priest by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri. He then continued his studies at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, earning a doctorate in dogmatic theology in 1981. From 1977 to 1978, he taught in the archdiocesan major seminary.

From 1979 to 1988 he was assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady of Grace and Saint Gerome in the residential quarter of Castelletto[2]. Until 1986, he was Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Italy, and after he was nominated dean at the Ligurian Institute of Religious Studies. In 1996 he was appointed Director of the Diocesan Office for Culture. He became a member of the Genoa Diocesan Priests' Council in 2001. Since 1990, he became priest in the clinic named Villa Serena.

He served as a consultor to the Congregation for the Clergy from 2003. Alumnus of the cardinal Bagnasco[2] and disciple of cardinal Siri, in 2004 he was appointed a canon of the cathedral chapter. In addition to teaching Christhology, Anthropology and Sacramentary Theology and History of the Church, at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and at the Ligurian Institute of Religious Studies[3], he also directed the "Didascaleion" Centre of Studies and did pastoral work a large parish in the centre of Genoa.

He was appointed Bishop of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato on 6 December 2007.[4] and was ordained on 3 February 2008 by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco[3], with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza and Bishop Bassano Staffieri as principal co-consecrators. Mons. Bassano Staffieri (born 1931) was in the bishops'retirement age, and as in exception of the Canon 401 §1 of the Code of Canon Law was in the role twelve months after the provisional limit (administrative state called with the Latin word prorogatio). Lastly, Msgr. Moraglia had his diocesan assessment in La Spezia at March 2008.

In 2008 he inaugurated the practice of diocesan Marian pilgrimage on the first Saturday of the month, while in 2012 he established perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the Crucifix, pertaining the local benedictine Abbatial Church of Santa Maria, built before the XII century. Between 23 and 24 April 2010 he presided over the two days on the diocesan educational challenge.

From 23 April 2010 he was chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation "Communication and Culture" of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI). In late 2010 and early 2011 he is spent against the recognition of unmarried couples in the new municipal statute of La Spezia and the establishment of the register of wills from the same town. The new municipal statute, however, recognize "the existence of other forms of cohabitation," protecting them "within the limits set by the legal system".

In October 2011, in the days of flood of La Spezia, he cancelled any commitment on the agenda and personally runs all the flooded areas. Temporarily closed the seminary of Sarzana, and send seminarians to help those affected by major disasters.

On 31 January 2012, he was named Patriarch of Venice. His installation was on 25 March 2012.

On 18 September 2012, Moraglia was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as one of the Synod Fathers for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

Like previous Patriarchs of Venice, Moraglia is allowed to wear non-liturgical vestments in red, although he is not a cardinal. The red biretta however is still topped by a tuft, as is customary for bishops and not cardinals.

Msgr. Moraglia is currently President of the Administrative Council of the “Communication and Culture” Foundation in charge of the Italian Episcopal Conference’s (CEI) media [3], which is the proprietary of the Italian TV2000 broadcasting network.

On 15 June 2018, a delegation of the Costantinian Order of Saint George gave to Msgr. Moraglia the certificate as Ecclesiastic Knight Grand Cross, and the official notice he was appointed as Prior of Triveneto by the Cardinal Renato R. Martino, Gran Prior of the same Order [5][6].


  2. 1 2 "Da Castelletto alla Spezia Moraglia nuovo vescovo". la Repubblica (in Italian). Dec 7, 2007. Retrieved Jul 23, 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 "Moraglia appointed Archbishop of Venice". La Stampa. Jan 31, 2012. Archived from the original on Jun 15, 2018.
  4. Rinuncia del vescovo di La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato e nomina del successore
  5. "Triveneto: nomina di S.E.R. Mons. Moraglia" (in Italian). Jun 19, 2018. Archived from the original on Jul 23, 2018. Retrieved Jul 23, 2018.
  6. "H.E. Msgr Moraglia'designation". Jun 19, 2018. Archived from the original on Jul 23, 2018. Retrieved Jul 23, 2018.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bassano Staffieri
Bishop of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato
6 December 2007  31 January 2012
Succeeded by
Luigi Palletti
Preceded by
Angelo Scola
Patriarch of Venice
31 January 2012  present
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