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|Title||Cardinal-Priest of Gran Madre di Dio|
|Coat of arms|
|Christus spes mea|
29 June 1966|
by Giuseppe Cardinal Siri
7 February 1998|
by Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi
Angelo Bagnasco (born 14 January 1943) is an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007.
Bagnasco was born to Alfredo and Rosa Bagnasco in Pontevico, where his family was evacuated during World War II. He said in an interview: "I became an altar boy in my parish in the historic center of Genoa, in Piazza Sarzano, when I was six years old. My old parish priest was Abbot Giovanni Battista Gazzolo, first, and afterwards Monsignor Carlo Viacava while his deputy was a young curate, Don Gianni Zamiti—the latter two are still alive and overjoyed that their little altar boy has become their archbishop—who supervised us on afternoons in the parish club where we went to play. The desire to become a priest was born precisely when I was in elementary school, but I didn’t confide it to anybody. Afterwards I went to a co-ed middle school, always with that desire in my heart".
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1966 by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri. While a priest in Genoa, he received a degree in philosophy from the University of Genoa, served as professor of metaphysics and atheism at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, and led the archdiocesan liturgical and catechesis offices. He was once the diocesan representative to the FUCI (the Italian Catholic Federation of University Students) and led efforts for the pastoral care of students in the region.
Early episcopal career
Bagnasco was appointed Bishop of Pesaro on 3 January 1998. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 7 February from Archbishop Dionigi Tettamanzi, with Bishops Gaetano Michetti and Giacomo Barabino serving as co-consecrators. Bagnasco became Metropolitan Archbishop of the same see on 11 March 2000.
Since 2001, he has held several posts within the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), including president of the administrative board of its newspaper Avvenire, and secretary for schools and universities. On 20 June 2003, he was appointed Archbishop of the Military Ordinariate of Italy. He described his appointment as "totally unexpected" and that he accepted it "with surprise and some trepidation. First of all because the military world was totally unknown to me, and then because it was a matter of an extensive diocese, covering the whole country and even beyond, with our soldiers on missions to foreign countries".
Archbishop of Genoa
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Following the resignation of Tarcisio Bertone, Bagnasco was appointed Archbishop of Genoa on 29 August 2006. He was installed on the following 24 September. He defended Pope Benedict XVI in the Regensburg controversy.
On 7 March 2007, Benedict XVI selected Bagnasco to succeed Camillo Ruini as President of the Italian Episcopal Conference for a five-year term. "The choice is a compromise between two of Benedict's two most influential policy-movers—Bagnasco is a confirmed Ruini-ite, 'but Bertone likes him,' as one op put it."
On 27 June 2007, Archbishop Bagnasco, along with several other prelates, attended a briefing at the Apostolic Palace on Pope Benedict's impending motu proprio allowing wider celebration of the Tridentine Mass. Two days after this meeting, on 29 June, he and forty-five others were invested with the pallium, a woolen vestment reserved for metropolitan bishops, by Benedict in St. Peter's Basilica.
Cardinalate and curial assignments
On 17 October 2007 it was announced by Pope Benedict that Bagnasco along with 22 other prelates would be created cardinal in a consistory on the 24 November. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of Gran Madre di Dio. On 12 June 2008 in addition to his duties as Archbishop of Genoa he was appointed by Benedict as a member of congregations in the Roman Curia . These are: the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Congregation for Bishops.
As he now holds the rank of cardinal, Bagnasco is eligible to participate in any future papal conclaves that begin before his 80th birthday on 14 January 2023.
Condemnation of same-sex unions
In April 2007, following a condemnation of same-sex unions—in which he said, "Why say 'no' to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say 'no' to incest? Why say 'no' to the paedophile party in Holland?"—Bagnasco found himself the target of death threats from gay-rights activists. The Genoa police department, while dismissing any serious cause for concern, assigned an armed officer to guard him.
Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Italy's environment minister and a vocal supporter of gay rights, said Bagnasco had made a "grave, foolish comparison which offends millions of people". Italy's bishops have called on Catholic politicians to vote against the bill which would grant rights in areas such as health care and inheritance to unmarried couples—including same-sex ones—who register their relationship.
On 12 June 2007, the Archbishop "received a second package containing a death threat as well as a number of bullets. "The latest threat follows one sent previously on April 27, in which a single bullet was posted".
Bagnasco affirmed that each man has the right to be employed. He also advised that the flexibility of the workforce has to be limited.
- ↑ 30 Days. "When the Pope Calls, One Answers" February 2007
- ↑ Ibid.
- ↑ Whispers in the Loggia.  7 March 2007
- ↑ Catholic World News. Vatican confirms briefing on motu proprio; publication near 28 June 2007
- ↑ Pillola Ru486, Cardinale Bagnasco: Chi la usa diventa criminale
- ↑ Pink News Bishop Compares Gay Rights to Incest 2 April 2007
- ↑ Catholic World News. New Threats Against Italian Archbishop April 9, 2007
- ↑ News 24. Storm Over Bishop's Gay Remarks 2 April 2007
- ↑ Christian Today. Bishop Receives Death Threats for Opposing Gay Legal Rights June 12, 2007
|Catholic Church titles|
|Archbishop of Genoa|
29 August 2006—present
| Succeeded by|
|President of the Italian Episcopal Conference|
7 March 2007–present