New Papal MC Announced

From Vatican News:

[edited for clarity from the Italian by James Hadley]

Pope appoints new Master of Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies

Pope Francis appoints Msgr Diego Ravelli as new Master of Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies.

By Vatican News staff writer

The Holy Father has appointed the Most Reverend Diego Giovanni Ravelli as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations and as head of the Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir.

Curriculum vitae

Monsignor Diego Giovanni Ravelli was born on 1 November 1965 in Lazzate, Italy. He was ordained a priest for the Public Clerical Association Priests of Jesus Crucified in 1991, then incardinated in the diocese of Velletri-Segni. In 2000 he obtained a diploma in pedagogical methodology from the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, and in 2010 a doctorate in sacred liturgy at the Liturgical Institute of the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome. From 2013 he has served as office head in the Office of Papal Charities, where he had held the role of official since 1998. After collaborating with the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff as an assistant MC, he was appointed as a Papal MC in 2006.

Msgr. Ravelli takes over the role of head of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations from Monsignor Guido Marini, who earlier this year was appointed bishop of Tortona by Pope Francis.

Appointment of Pontifical Master of Ceremonies

The Reverend Cristiano Antonietti, nunciature secretary, in service in the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, has been appointed as a Pontifical MC.


  1. The eagle-eyed will note that Msgr Ravelli is incardinated in the diocese of Velletri-Segni, the same diocese that provides a canonical home for Fr John Zuhlsdorf. The bishop of that diocese, Vincenzo Apicella, will turn 75 on 22 January. One wonders if his successor as bishop will be as accommodating.

    1. I don’t see how the next ordinary, appointed by the Bishop of Rome, would in any way find it unexpectable that a priest from his diocese is serving the Supreme Pontiff. Just saying.

      1. Ah, you mean to say that the next ordinary might be less accommodating to Fr John Zuhlsdorf? Yes, that certainly may be a possibility.

      2. Well, he’s already been shifting his boots on the ground, as it were, since the top of this year when his formal diocesan-approved role of the traditional mass society of the Diocese of Madison (Wisconsin) came to a not entirely voluntary end. I would imagine there are bishops who’d incardinate him.

        It’s worth noting that – other than the stunning if far too delayed deposition of Cardinal Sodano from his see – the generation of the cardinalatial titular holders of suburbicarian sees appointed in the later years of JP2 and early years of B16 has had an unusually prolonged temporal duration, such that Pope Francis has elevated others into the state of cardinal bishop.

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