Edoardo Menichelli

Edoardo Menichelli (born 14 October 1939) is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo from 2004 to 2017. Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 14 February 2015.

Edoardo Menichelli
Archbishop Emeritus Ancona-Osimo
Appointed8 January 2004
Installed7 March 2004
Term ended14 July 2017
PredecessorFranco Festorazzi
SuccessorAngelo Spina
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Sacri Cuori di Gesù e Maria a Tor Fiorenza (2015–)
Ordination3 July 1965
Consecration9 July 1994
by Achille Silvestrini
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameEdoardo Menichelli
Born (1939-10-14) 14 October 1939 (age 81)
Serripola, San Severino Marche, Macerata, Kingdom of Italy
Previous postArchbishop of Chieti-Vasto (1994–2004)
MottoSub lumine Matris ("In light of the Mother")
Coat of armsEdoardo Menichelli's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Edoardo Menichelli
Priestly ordination
Date3 July 1965
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorAchille Silvestrini
Co-consecratorsAntonio Valentini Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti
Date3 July 1994
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Edoardo Menichelli as principal consecrator
Stefano Russo28 May 2016
Styles of
Edoardo Menichelli
Coat of arms of Edoardo Menichelli.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal


Early lifeEdit

Edoardo Menichelli was born in Serripola in San Severino Marche in province of Macerata and the Diocese of San Severino Marche on 14 October 1939. He studied theology and philosophy at institutional seminars of San Severino Marche and Fano and then at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in pastoral theology.

Priesthood and careerEdit

On 3 July 1965 he was ordered a priest of the Diocese of San Severino Marche. He then became assistant pastor in the parish of St. Joseph in San Severino Marche and taught religion in state schools. On 30 September 30, 1986, with the unification of the Diocese of San Severino Marche with the Archdiocese of Camerino, he was assigned to the new Archdiocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche.

From 1968 to 1991 he served in the Roman Curia in the Apostolic Signatura, then from 1992 to 1994 in the secretariat for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, where he met the Cardinal Achille Silvestrini and became his secretary.


On 10 June 10, 1994, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto. He was consecrated bishop on 9 July in Rome by Cardinal Silvestrini, with Archbishops Antony Valentini and Piergiorgio Nesti as co-consecrators. He spent ten years in Chieti. On 8 January 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo, and he took possession of the archdiocese on 7 March. He has been secretary of the Committee for the family of the Italian Episcopal Conference and has headed committees for the family, ecumenism and the pastoral care of leisure for the Marche bishops' conference.

On 15 October 2014, on reaching his 75th birthday, he submitted his resignation as require by canon law but Pope Francis has extended the appointment for one year.[1]


On 4 January 2015 Pope Francis announced Menichelli would be made a cardinal at a consistory on 14 February.[2] He was assigned the titular church of Sacri Cuori di Gesù e Maria a Tor Fiorenza.[3]

He was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers.

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as archbishop on 14 July 2017.[4]

On 30 September 2017 Francis named him a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Larici, Letizia (14 October 2014). "Ancona, l'arcivescovo Menichelli compie 75 anni e si dimette ha consegnato la lettera al Papa". Il Messagero (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Angelo Spina nuovo arcivescovo di Ancona-Osimo, succede al cardinale Menichelli". La Stampa (in Italian). 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  5. ^ Brickhaus, Hannah (30 September 2017). "Pope Francis re-names Cardinal Burke to Vatican's highest court". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 30 September 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonio Valentini
Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto
Succeeded by
Bruno Forte
Preceded by
Franco Festorazzi
Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo
Succeeded by
Angelo Spina
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of Sacri Cuori di Gesu e Maria a Tor Fiorenza Incumbent