Resignations and Appointments

Resignation of metropolitan archbishop of Fermo, Italy, and appointment of successor

Appointment of metropolitan archbishop of Łódź, Poland

Appointment of bishop of Teano-Calvi, Italy

Appointment of coadjutor bishop of Warszawa-Praga, Poland

Appointment of under-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

 

Resignation of metropolitan archbishop of Fermo, Italy, and appointment of successor

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the metropolitan archdiocese of Fermo, Italy, presented by H.E. Rev. Msgr. Luigi Conti.

The Pope has appointed as archbishop of the metropolitan archdiocese of Fermo, Italy, Rev. Msgr. Rocco Pennacchio, of the clergy of the diocese of Matera-Irsina, currently pastor of the parish of San Pio X in Matera.

H.E. Msgr. Rocco Pennacchio

H.E. Msgr. Rocco Pennacchio was born in Matera, archdiocese of Matera-Irsina and province of Matera, on 16 June 1963. He obtained diplomas in commerce and from the Conservatory. He began his work experience in the Matera branch of the Banco di Napoli. Actively engaged in the parish as part of Catholic Action, he also held auxiliary role at local and diocesan level.

In 1993, aged thirty, he entered the interdiocesan major seminary of Potenza for the institutional theological courses, concluding with a bachelor’s degree in theology; on 4 July 1998 he was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Matera-Irsina. He then continued his studies in theological anthropology at the Pugliese Theological Institute in Molfetta, obtaining a licentiate.

He has held a number of roles, including: parish vicar of San Paolo Apostolo in Matera from 1998 to 2010, diocesan assistant of the FUCI and of the youth sector of Catholic Action from 1998 to 2006; spiritual assistant to the Missionaries of the Regality of Christ from 1998 to 2009; teacher of religion at the lyceum from 2001 to 2011; diocesan bursar of Matera-Irsina from 2004 to 2010; bursar of the Italian Episcopal Conference from 2011 to 2016. Since October 2016 he has served as parish priest of San Pio X in Matera.

 

Appointment of metropolitan archbishop of Łódź, Poland

The Holy Father has appointed H.E. Msgr. Grzegorz Ryś as metropolitan archbishop of Łódź, Poland, transferring him from the titular see of Arcavica and the office of auxiliary of Kraków.

H.E. Msgr. Grzegorz Ryś

H.E. Msgr. Grzegorz Ryś was born on 9 February 1964 in Kraków. After his high school examination in 1982 he was admitted to the major seminary of Kraków and on 22 May 1988 he received priestly ordination for the archdiocese.

After priestly ordination he held the following offices and roles: vicar of the parish of Saints Margaret and Catherine in Kęty (1988-1989); student at the Pontifical Theological Academy in Kraków, where he obtained a doctorate in history (1989-1994); lecturer in history of the Church at the Pontifical Theological Academy (1994-2011); director of the archive of the Cathedral Chapter of Wawel (2004-2007); rector of the major seminary (2007-2011); president of the Conference of Rectors of the major seminaries in Poland (2010-2011).

On 16 July 2011 he was elected to the titular see of Arcavica and auxiliary of Kraków, receiving episcopal ordination on the following 28 September.

Currently H.E. Msgr. Ryś is president of the Group for New Evangelisation and member of the Council for Culture and the protection of Cultural Heritage of the Polish Episcopal Conference.

 

Appointment of bishop of Teano-Calvi, Italy

The Holy Father appointed as bishop of Teano-Calvi, Italy, the Rev. Msgr. Giacomo Cirulli, of the clergy of the diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano, currently vicar general of the same diocese and parish priest of Ortanova.

Msgr. Giacomo Cirulli

Msgr. Giacomo Cirulli was born on 25 September 1952 in Cerignola, province of Foggia and diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano.

After his high school examination (Maturità Classica), he graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the “Federico II” University of Naples in 1981.

He carried out his priestly formation at the Almo Collegio Capranica in Rome, attending theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology. In 1984 he obtained a licentiate in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

He was ordained a priest on 7 December 1982, and incardinated in the diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano.

He has held the following offices: pastor of the Sant’Antonio di Padova parish in Cerignola (1984-1996), rector of the diocesan seminary (1996-2001); director of diocesan Caritas (1988-2001); Caritas regional delegate (1994-1996); regional head of conscientious objectors in service at Caritas (1989-1994); lecturer in religion at the “Zingarelli” Lyceum of Cerignola (1985-1991); lecturer in sacred scripture at the Pugliese Theological Faculty (1992-2011); Director of the Association of Catholic Doctors (1992-1996); episcopal vicar for the ministries and permanent formation of the clergy (1996-2001); director of vocational youth pastoral ministry (1996-2001); member of the college of consulters (1998-2001); member of the episcopal council (1996-2001); president of the management board of the “Solimine” rest home in Cerignola (1994-2004).

Since 1985 he has served as lecturer in sacred scripture at the diocesan Institute of Religious Sciences; since 1988, member of the presbyteral and diocesan pastoral council; since 2001, vicar forane and exorcist of the diocese and pastor of the parish of the B.V. Maria Addolorata in Orta Nova; since 2012, episcopal vicar for culture; since 2015, first coordinator of exorcists of Puglia; and since 2012, member of the episcopal council; since 2012, member of the episcopal council; and finally, since 2016, episcopal vicar.

 

Appointment of coadjutor bishop of Warszawa-Praga, Poland

The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. Romuald Kamínski as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Warszawa-Praga, Poland, transferring him from the titular see of Agunta and the office of auxiliary of Ełk.

H.E. Msgr. Romuald Kamínski

H.E. Msgr. Romuald Kamínski was born on 7 February 1955 in Janówka, then diocese of Łomża, currently diocese of Ełk. After passing his high school examinations he was admitted to the major seminary of Warszawa and was ordained a priest on 7 July 1981 for the same archdiocese.

After priestly ordination he held the following offices: 1981-1983: vicar of the parish of Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Poland in Warszawa and then from 1983 to 1992, special secretary to the archbishop of Warszawa, administrator of the archbishop’s residence and legal secretary to the Secretary of the Primate of Poland; from 1992 to 2005, chancellor of the new diocese of Warszawa-Praga, member of the presbyteral council and of the council of consulters.

On 8 June 2005 he was elected to the titular see of Agunto and appointed auxiliary of Ełk.

He currently holds the following offices within the episcopal council: member of the Commission for the Institutes of Consecrated Life, member of the Council for Religious Dialogue and of the Council for the Family; and president of the Group for Relations with the Lithuanian Episcopal Conference.

 

Appointment of under-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Holy Father has appointed as under-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Rev. Fr. Matteo Visioli, currently episcopal vicar for pastoral ministry for the diocese of Parma, Italy.

Rev. Fr. Matteo Visioli

The Rev. Fr. Matteo Visioli was born in Parma on 20 July 1966. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Parma on 9 May 1992.

He holds the following diplomas from the Pontifical Gregorian University: licentiate in theology (1994); licentiate in canon law (1996), with specialisation in jurisprudence the following year; doctorate in canon law (1999).

He has held the offices of episcopal vicar for the sector Church-World, from 1999 to 2008, and member of the Committee for Ecclesiastical Bodies and Assets of the Italian Episcopal Conference from 2001 to 2008, and exercised the ministry of parish priest in Collecchio and in San Martino Sinzano.

He is currently president of Caritas Children Onlus; episcopal vicar for pastoral ministry; director and lecturer at the S. Ilario di Poitiers Interdiocesan Higher Institute of Religious Sciences; lecturer in the faculty of canon law of the Pontifical Gregorian University and of the Studium Generale Marcianum of Venice.

He is the author of numerous scientific publications within the field of ecclesial law.