H.E. Archibishop Vincenzo Paglia
Vincenzo Paglia, an Italian Archibishop, served as parish priest in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome from 1982 to 2000; he was also the ecclesiastical assistant of the Community of Sant’Egidio and was the postulator of the cause of beatification of the Archbishop of San Salvador, Saint Oscar Romero.
On 2 April 2000 he was ordained as Bishop of Terni Narni Amelia in the Cathedral of St. John Lateran. Since 2002, he is president of the International Catholic Biblical Federation and, from 2004 to 2009, he was also chairman of the Commission Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Italian Episcopal Conference.
For his work in peace he received, in 1999, the UNESCO’s Gandhi Medal in 2003 the Mother Teresa Prize of Albanian Government. He also received the Ibrahim Rugova award from the Kosovo government and the “Noble Amigo” award from the Government of El Salvador. He has collaborated with the Department of Contemporary History at the Sapienza University of Rome and has published studies and articles on the social and religious history as well as on the history of poverty.
On 26 June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the dignity of archbishop and appointed him president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. On 17th august 2016 has been appointed President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. On 4th October 2017 has been appointed member of Congregation for Evangelization of People and on 11th January member of Congregation for Causes of Saints. He is author of many books, commentaries of the Holy Scriptures and homilies.