Beniamino Stella

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Beniamino Stella
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed21 September 2013
PredecessorMauro Piacenza
Other posts
Ordination19 March 1966
by Constantino Stella
Consecration5 September 1987
by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameBeniamino Stella
Born (1941-08-18) 18 August 1941 (age 78)
Pieve di Soligo, Treviso, Kingdom of Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Alma mater
Ordination history of
Beniamino Stella
Priestly ordination
Ordained byConstantino Stella
Date19 March 1966
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPope John Paul II
Co-consecratorsEduardo Martinez Somalo
Jean Pierre Marie Orchampt
Date5 September 1987
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Beniamino Stella as principal consecrator
Bernard Nsayi16 September 1990
José Alberto Rozo Gutierrez, S.M.M19 March 2000
Alvaro Efrén Rincón Rojas, C.SS.R24 March 2000
José Vicente Huertas Vargas4 August 2000
Héctor Javier Pizarro Acevedo, O.A.R27 January 2001
Eulises González Sánchez10 March 2001
Camilo Fernando Castrellón Pizano, S.D.B6 June 2001
Misael Vacca Ramirez10 August 2001
Fidel León Cadavid Marin22 September 2001
Carlos Germán Masa Ruiz26 April 2003
Ricardo Antonio Tobón Restrepo24 June 2003
Luis Albeiro Cortés Rendón27 June 2003
Luis Alberto Parra Mora11 December 2003
Edgar Hernando Tirado Mazo, M.X.Y.31 March 2004
Luis Felipe Sanchez Aponte22 April 2004
Juan Vicente Cordoba Villota, S.J28 August 2004
Jaime Enrique Duque Correa, M.X.Y25 February 2006
Guillermo Orozco Montoya10 March 2006
José Alejandro Castaño Arbeláez, O.A.R27 January 2007
Styles of
Beniamino Stella
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Beniamino Stella (born 18 August 1941) is an Italian cardinal and prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 22 February 2014. He has served as the postulator for the canonization cause of Pope John Paul I since 2016.


Beniamino Stella was born in Pieve di Soligo, Province of Treviso, Italy. His parish priest was instrumental in his entering the seminary. After finishing secondary education, he went to Rome and entered the Pontifical Roman Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology; then, studied at the Pontifical Lateran University.

In 1965, his bishop, Albino Luciani of Vittorio Veneto, future Pope John Paul I, sent him to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome, to study diplomacy. He studied at the academy from 1966 to 1970 and at the same time he obtained a doctorate in canon law.

Ordination and Episcopate[edit]

He was ordained on 19 March 1966, by his uncle, Archbishop Costantino Stella of L'Aquila as a priest of the diocese of Vittorio Veneto. Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1970. Worked in the nunciatures in the Dominican Republic as adetto from 1970 to 1973; and Zaire as secretary from 1973 to 1976. Named chaplain of His Holiness on 5 September 1974. From 1976 to 1978, he served in the Second Section of the Secretariat of State; then, he worked in the nunciature in Malta, as auditor. From 1978 to 1983 the nuncio was sent away by Malta's prime minister Don Mintoff, and Monsignor Stella stayed there as a chargé d'affaires. In 1983, he was assigned to the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church. Named counselor of nunciature on 1 February 1983.

Apostolic Nuncio[edit]

In 1987 Stella was appointed titular archbishop of Midila by Pope John Paul II, who was also his principal consecrator. In the following years he served as apostolic nuncio to the Republic of Congo, Cuba, and Colombia.

Prefect of Congregation for the Clergy[edit]

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, a position he held until Pope Francis nominated him Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on 21 September 2013.[1] On 16 December 2013 he was appointed as a member of the Congregation for Bishops.[2]


In January 2014 it was announced that he will be elevated to the cardinalate at the next consistory on 22 February 2014.[3]

He was made Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Cosma e Damiano.

On 10 March 2015, Pope Francis appointed Stella a member of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.[4]

He was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.[5] and later a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vaticano, nuove nomine: Stella al Clero e Baldisseri al Sinodo". Vatican Insider (in Italian). 20 September 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la Creazione di Nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). The Vatican Today. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ [2]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Bulaitis
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Republic of Congo
7 November 1987 – 15 December 1992
Succeeded by
Diego Causero
Preceded by
Faustino Sainz Muñoz
Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba
15 December 1992 – 11 February 1999
Succeeded by
Luis Robles Díaz
Preceded by
Paolo Romeo
Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
11 February 1999 – 13 October 2007
Succeeded by
Aldo Cavalli
Educational offices
Preceded by
Justo Mullor García
President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
13 October 2007 – 21 September 2013
Succeeded by
Giampiero Gloder
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mauro Piacenza
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
21 September 2013–present
Preceded by
Giovanni Cheli
Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Cosma e Damiano
25 May 2014-present