Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli

Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli (5 March 1944 – 16 March 2021) was an Italian politician, jurist, and academic.[1]

Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli
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Carulli in 1990
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
In office
2 July 1987 – 8 May 1996
Senator from Vercelli [it]
In office
9 May 1996 – 29 May 2001
Undersecretary to the Ministry of the Interior
In office
22 December 1999 – 26 April 2000
Preceded byFranco Barberi [it]
Succeeded byGian Franco Schietroma
Undersecretary to the Ministry of Health
In office
26 April 2000 – 11 June 2001
Preceded byFabio Di Capua [it]
Succeeded byCesare Cursi [it]
Personal details
Born5 March 1944
Meda, Kingdom of Italy
Died16 March 2021(2021-03-16) (aged 77)
Milan, Italy
Political partyDC


Carulli earned a law degree from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 1966. In 1975, she became the first female chairperson of canon law and subsequently ecclesiastical law. In 1981, she was elected to the High Council of the Judiciary, where she served until 1986 and presided over Executive Appointments Committee and founded the Anti-Mafia Committee.[2]

Carulli began her political career in 1987, when she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the Christian Democracy party. She was re-elected to the Palazzo Montecitorio and subsequently served in the Ciampi Cabinet. In 1994, she joined Pier Ferdinando Casini's Christian Democratic Centre and was part of the Forza Italia coalition.[3] She also became the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council for Civil Protection under the Berlusconi I Cabinet.

In 1996, Carulli was elected to the Senate and joined the center-right Pole for Freedoms coalition, but joined the liberal-centrist Italian Renewal, led by Lamberto Dini, in 1997. In 1999, she became Undersecretary to the Ministry of the Interior under the D'Alema II Cabinet, which was dissolved on 26 April 2000. She then became Undersecretary to the Ministry of Health under the Amato II Cabinet. She left politics in 2001 and did not seek reelection to the Senate.

She returned to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore following her political career, teaching ecclesiastical and canon law. She authored several hundred academic, religious, and social publications. In 2003, she was nominated by Pope John Paul II to join the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Although she was no longer publicly involved with politics, she joined the Union of the Centre.

In 2012, Carulli became President of the Christian Democrats, led by Gianni Fontana.[4]

Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli died in Milan on 16 March 2021 at the age of 77.[5]


  1. ^ "Milano, morta Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli: parlamentare e docente in Cattolica". Milano Today (in Italian). 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Libri di Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli". Le Liberie dell'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (in Italian).
  3. ^ "Camera 27/03/1994 Area ITALIA Circoscrizione LOMBARDIA 1". Dipartimento per gli Affari Interni e Territoriali (in Italian).
  4. ^ "I SIMBOLO SCUDO CROCIATO: CASINI DOVRÀ FARNE A MENO, FUMAGALLI CARULLI (DC)". Democrazia Cristiana (in Italian). 30 December 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Morta Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli. Più volte al governo, fondò il Ccd con Casini". Corriere della Serra (in Italian). 16 March 2021.