Matteo Maria Zuppi (born 11 October 1955) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been Archbishop of Bologna since 12 December 2015.

Matteo Maria Zuppi
Archbishop of Bologna
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed27 October 2015
Installed12 December 2015
PredecessorCarlo Caffarra
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Sant'Egidio (2019–present)
Ordination9 May 1981
by Renato Spallanzani
Consecration14 April 2012
by Agostino Vallini
Created cardinal5 October 2019
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1955-10-11) October 11, 1955 (age 64)
Rome, Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoGaudium Domini fortitudo vestra
(The joy of the Lord is your strength)
Coat of armsMatteo Maria Zuppi's coat of arms
Styles of
Matteo Zuppi
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Pope Francis raised him to the rank of cardinal on 5 October 2019.


Zuppi was born on 11 October 1955 in Rome. He studied at the seminary in Palestrina and earned his degree in theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He earned a doctorate at the Sapienza University of Rome, writing his thesis on the history of Christianity.

He was ordained a priest on 9 May 1981.

He worked with the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Catholic lay association devoted to ecumenism and conflict resolution.[1] He participated with several colleagues in negotiations that helped end the civil war in Mozambique in 1992[2] and was made an honorary citizen of that country.[3]

On 31 January 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named him an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rome and titular bishop of Villa Nova. He was ordained a bishop on 14 April 2012 by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome. He was the auxiliary responsible for the city center, including the Trastevere neighborhood where Sant'Egidio is headquartered. There he led efforts to improve care for the poor and the elderly and developed outreach programs for drug addicts and gypsies.[3] He also established relations with traditionalists and celebrated a Pontifical Mass according to the Tridentine rite.[4]

Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Bologna on 27 October 2015.[5]

In May 2018, he contributed an essay to the Italian translation of James Martin's Building a Bridge, Un ponte da costruire. He wrote that it was "useful for encouraging dialogue, as well as reciprocal knowledge and understanding, in view of a new pastoral attitude that we must seek together with our L.G.B.T. brothers and sisters" and that it will "help L.G.B.T. Catholics feel more at home in what is, after all, their church".[6][7]

On 1 September 2019 Pope Francis announced that he plans to create Zuppi a cardinal on 5 October; it was the first time Francis named the head of an Italian see traditionally headed by a cardinal to that rank.[citation needed] On 5 October 2019, Pope Francis made him Cardinal Priest of Sant'Egidio.[8]


  • Zuppi, Matteo Maria (2010). La Confessione, il perdono per cambiare. Cinisello Balsamo: Edizioni San Paolo. ISBN 978-88-215-6821-3.
  • Zuppi, Matteo Maria (2013). Guarire le malattie del cuore: itinerario quaresimale. Cinisello Balsamo: Edizioni San Paolo. ISBN 978-88-215-7649-2.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mastrogiacomo, Daniele (14 October 2010). "Sant'Egidio, la piccola Onu romana ultima spiaggia di tante crisi". La Repubblica. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  2. ^ Morier-Genoud, Eric (October 2003). "Sant'Egidio et la paix. Interviews de Don Matteo Zuppi & Ricardo Cannelli". Le Fait Missionnaire - Social sciences & missions (13): 119–145.
  3. ^ a b Allen Jr., John L. (27 October 2015). "Francis' Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy". Crux. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Pontificale di mons. Matteo M. Zuppi alla chiesa di Gesù e Maria a Roma". Une voce Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Rinuncia dell'arcivescovo metropolita di Bologna (Italia) e nomina del successore" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  6. ^ Zuppi, Matteo (21 May 2018). "Italian archbishop endorses a 'new pastoral attitude' for L.G.B.T Catholics". America. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  7. ^ Zuppi, Matteo (20 May 2018). "Zuppi. Chiesa e persone Lgbt sul ponte dell'incontro". Avvenire (in Italian). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico: Assegnazione dei Titoli, 05.10.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Carlo Caffarra
Archbishop of Bologna