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Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso

Giampietro Dal Toso PhD JCL (born 6 October 1964 in Vicenza, Italy) is an Italian Roman Catholic prelate, who was the Secretary of the Pontifical Council "Cor unum" since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 22 June 2010 until 1 January 2017, when Council was dissolved. He had previously served as Under-Secretary of the Council. [2]

Giampietro Dal Toso
Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed9 November 2017
PredecessorProtase Rugambwa
Other posts
Ordination24 June 1989
by Wilhelm Emil Egger
Consecration16 December 2017
by Fernando Filoni
Personal details
Birth nameGiampietro Dal Toso
Born (1964-10-06) 6 October 1964 (age 55)
Vicenza, Italy
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Alma mater
MottoOpportet illum crescere
Coat of armsGiampietro Dal Toso's coat of arms

After studying classical studies he attended the major seminary of Brixen, completing his studies in philosophy and theology at the Higher Institute of Philosophy and Theology of Brixen, earning the title Magister Theologiae at the faculty of theology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

He was ordained a priest of 24 June 1989 for the diocese of Bolzano-Brixen. After three years of ministry in the diocese, he studied philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University, receiving his doctorate in December 1997 with a thesis entitled: "The concept of proairesis in Gregory of Nyssa". In June 2001 he obtained a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University.

From 1 March 1996 he served as an official at the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum ". He was appointed Under-Secretary on 21 June 2004. He is a member of the Special Committee for dealing with cases of nullity of sacred ordination and release from obligations of the diaconate and priesthood established by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and then, when this compentence was moved, at the Congregation for the Clergy.

Since September 2008 he has been a member of the Special Commission for dealing with cases of dissolution of marriage in favorem fidei of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Knows Italian, German, French, English and Spanish.

He was appointed as secretary of the Pontifical Council "Cor unum" on 22 June 2010.

In November 2017 he became Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples,succeeding Protase Rugambwa who moved up to Secretary. He was concurrently named titular archbishop of Foratiana[1] and President of the Pontifical Mission Societies upon his appointment as Adjunct Secretary.[2]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Karl Kasteel
Secretary of the Pontifical Council “Cor unum”
22 June 2010–1 January 2017
Succeeded by