Pope Francis Appoints Franciscan Cardinal Mauro Gambetti as Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and Accepts Resignation of Card. Angelo Comastri
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the offices of Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City, of Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and of President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro presented by His Eminence Most Reverend Mr. Card. Angelo Comastri ; and appointed His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Mauro Gambetti , OFM Conv., former Custos General of the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi, to the same offices.
Biography of Cardinal Gambetti from Vatican.va
Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, OFM Conv., Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City State and President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro , was born on October 27, 1965 in Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna). After graduating in mechanical engineering at the University of Bologna, in September 1992 he officially began his journey in the Order of Friars Minor Conventals of which, after the year of novitiate, he professed life and the rule, temporarily. on 29 August 1995 and definitive on 20 September 1998. After his Baccalaureate in Theology at the Theological Institute of Assisi (Perugia), he obtained a Licentiate in Theological Anthropology at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy in Florence.
He was ordained a priest on 8 January 2000 in Longiano (Forlì-Cesena) where, in the Convent of SS. Crocifisso, he held the position of animator of youth and vocation ministry for Emilia-Romagna and, from 2005 to 2009, also that of leader and animator of the religious community (guardian).
In the spring of 2009 the confreres of the Bolognese Province of Sant'Antonio di Padova with competence over the convents of the Friars Minor Conventual of Emilia-Romagna elected him their superior (provincial minister), an office from which he ceased on February 22, 2013, called by the Minister General and his Definitory to assume that of General Custos of the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi for the four-year period 2013-2017 At the same time the Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the pastoral care of the Papal Basilica of San Francesco and of the other places of worship run by the Friars Minor Conventual in the same Diocese.
He was elected President of the Intermediterranean Federation of Provincial Ministers of the Friars Minor Conventual in September 2017.
In 2017 he was reconfirmed as General Custos of the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi for the four-year period 2017-2021, a position held until 31 October 2020.
He received episcopal consecration on November 22, 2020.
On February 20, 2021, the Holy Father appointed him Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro.
Created and published Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 28 November 2020, of the Diaconia of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum.
He is a Member:
of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.