Pope Appoints New Auxiliary for His Diocese of Rome

Bishop-elect Angelo De Donatis Has Degree in Moral Theology

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Pope Francis has named Monsignor Angelo De Donatis as an auxiliary of the Diocese of Rome, brining the number of auxiliary bishops aiding the Pope in his diocese to seven.

Angelo De Donatis was born in Casarano, Italy, in 1954 and was ordained a priest in 1980. He holds a licentiate in moral theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and has served in a number of roles, including parish vicar in the parishes of San Saturnino and Santissima Annunziata a Grottaperfetta and officer of the General Secretariat of the Vicariate. 

He is currently archivist of the Secretariat of the College of Cardinals; director of the Clergy Office of the Vicariate of Rome and spiritual director of the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary, pastor of San Marco Evangelista in Campidoglio, Rome, and assistant for the Diocese of Rome at the National Association of Families of Clergy.

Cardinal Agostino Vallini, 75, is the vicar general for the Diocese of Rome, and Archbishop Filippo Iannone, 57, is vicegerent.

The Diocese of Rome has some 2.4 million Catholics in a population of 2.9 million. They are served by some 4,800 priests and 120 permanent deacons, as well as 27,500 religious. 

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