Antonio Maria Vegliò

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His Eminence

Antonio Maria Vegliò
President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
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Cardinal Vegliò, at Chair of Saint Peter, last 11 October 2014.
Appointed28 February 2009
Term ended31 December 2016
PredecessorRenato Raffaele Martino
Other posts
  • Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio
Ordination18 March 1962
by Luigi Carlo Borromeo
Consecration6 October 1985
by Agostino Casaroli
Created cardinal18 February 2012
by Pope Benedict XVI
RankCardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio
Personal details
Birth nameAntonio Maria Vegliò
Born (1938-02-03) 3 February 1938 (age 81)
Macerata Feltria
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Papua New Guinea (1985–1989)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Solomon Islands (1985–1989)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Sénégal (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Guinea-Bissau (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Cape Verde (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Mali (1989–1997)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon (1997–2001)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait (1997–1999)
  • Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (2001–2009)
Coat of armsAntonio Maria Vegliò's coat of arms
Styles of
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Antonio Maria Vegliò (born 3 February 1938) is an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, who has served as Vatican diplomat and in the Roman Curia. He was President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. Vegliò was created a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Born in Macerata Feltria, Italy, he was ordained a priest for the diocese of Pesaro in 1962. He was attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy where he studied diplomacy. Besides his native Italian, he speaks English, French and Spanish.


He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Eclano in 1985 on was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. In 1989, Vegliò was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, and Mali and promoted to full Apostolic Nuncio in 1994. He served as Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon and Kuwait from 1997 to 1999.

Curial work[edit]

In 2001, Archbishop Vegliò became Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches and, in 2009, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.[1]

The Vatican announced on 6 January 2012 that Archbishop Vegliò would be created cardinal and on 18 February he became Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio. On 21 April 2012 Cardinal Vegliò was named, for the usual five-year period, a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity.[2]

In 2009, he organised the first European meeting of the pastoral care of the streets (drug users, street women, children, the homeless. He has intervened several times in the public debate in support of the rights of migrants, refugees, immigrants, displaced persons, or other persons disadvantaged because of their status in mobility. He has spoken out against piracy infesting the seas and has launched a campaign of solidarity with seafarers and their families affected by the tsunami in Japan.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Vegliò to the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State on June 1, 2013.[3]


Rights of migrants[edit]

In August 2009, he lamented the deaths of more than 70 Eritreans trying to reach Italy in a boat and implicitly criticized the Berlusconi government's tough new policies on immigration.[4]

Swiss ban on minarets[edit]

Vegliò declared that the popular vote held in Switzerland against the construction of additional minarets was a heavy blow for religious freedom and integration in that country.[5] His colleague Agostino Marchetto expressed a somewhat different view, arguing that the Swiss vote did not compromise religious freedom.[6]


  1. ^ "New President for Migrants Council". Zenit. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Pontifical Acts - 1 June". Vatican Information Services (VIS). Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. ^ Vatican caught up in war of words over Italian PM Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Vatican criticises Swiss minaret ban
  6. ^ KIPA article

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pablo Puente Buces
Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon
2 October 1997 – 11 April 2001
Succeeded by
Luigi Gatti
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Miroslav Stefan Marusyn
Secretary of Congregation for the Oriental Churches
11 April 2001 – 28 February 2009
Succeeded by
Cyril Vasil
Preceded by
Renato Martino
President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants
28 February 2009 – 31 December 2016
Office abolished