The Apostolic Preacher, also known as the Preacher to the Papal Household is a part of the Roman Curia. This individual gives meditation to the Pope and other senior officials. This individual is the only one allowed to preach to the Holy Father.[1] Since 1980, the position has been held by Rev. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa.


Established by Pope Paul IV in 1555, the position was initially unpopular among Prelates. This individual held the ideal of reminding the Papal Court of their respective duties.[2] Prior to this, four General Procurators took turns to preach on the Sundays of Advent and Lent. Under this new position, one person would be appointed from different religious orders.

In 1753, under the reign of Pope Benedict XIV, the Brief Inclytum Fratrum Minorum reserved the office exclusively to individuals of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor.[3] It was stated this change took place because of "the example of Christian piety and religious perfection, the splendor of doctrine and the Apostolic Zeal" found in the order.[2]

Apostolic Preachers

  • Alonso Salmerón
  • Francis Toleto
  • Anselmus Marzatti
  • Francis Cassini
  • Bonaventure Barberini
  • Michael Francesch
  • Lewis Micara of Frascati
  • Lewis of Trent


This article incorporates text from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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