|Pope Benedict XVI receives Archbishop Velasio de Paolis, C.S. in a private audience. (Photo: L’Osservatore Romano)|
Rome, July 9, 2010. Today the Holy Father appointed Archbishop
Velasio De Paolis, C.S., as his delegate for the Legion
of Christ, as announced in a July 9 bulletin from
the Holy See´s press office.
The practical details on how Archbishop
De Paolis will fulfill his charge in the Legion of
Christ will be defined in the upcoming weeks.
Archbishop De Paolis
has broad experience and proven competence in his own religious
congregation, in university teaching, and in service to the Holy
See. He is currently the president of the Prefecture for
the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, a member of
the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and a consulter
for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and
the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.
As they welcome the pontifical
delegate, the Legionaries of Christ once again express their deep gratitude
to the Holy Father for his fatherly solicitude, and put
themselves completely at the disposal of Archbishop De Paolis.
Velasio De Paolis, C.S.
Archbishop Velasio De Paolis was born in
Sonnino (Latina province, southeast of Rome) on September 19, 1935.
He entered the congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles
Borromeo (the Scalabrinian Fathers) at a young age and received
his formation in the congregation’s seminaries. He made his perpetual
profession on October 4, 1958 and was ordained to the
priesthood on March 18, 1961.
He went to Rome to continue
his academic formation, obtaining a doctorate in canon law from
the canon law faculty at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a
licentiate in theology from the theology faculty at the University
of St Thomas (Angelicum), and a law degree at La
Sapienza University in Rome. He also completed a two-year degree
in moral theology at the Alphonsian Academy.
|Archbishop de Paolis has broad experience and proven competence in his own religious congregation, in university teaching, and in service to the Holy See. (Photo: L'Osservatore Romano)|
From 1965 to 1970,
he was a professor of moral theology and canon law
in one of his own congregation’s centers for philosophical and
theological formation. Afterwards, he was named rector of the Scalabrinian
Fathers’ International College in Rome (1970-1974) while also serving as
provincial vicar. In 1974, he was called to the general
government of his congregation as counselor and general procurator. From
1971 to 1980, he was an extraordinary professor, and from
1983 onward, an ordinary professor of the canon law faculty
at the Gregorian University. From 1987 on, he was also
named a professor at the Pontifical Urbanian University, and became
dean of the canon law faculty in 1998.
He has authored
many books and articles, and is a regular contributor to
the magazine Periodica de re canonica. He is a member
of various associations dedicated to the study of canon law.
Throughout all these years, he has dedicated himself to apostolic activity,
especially to preaching spiritual exercises.
On December 20, 2003, Pope John
Paul II appointed him as secretary of the Supreme Tribunal
of the Apostolic Signatura, where he was already an officer.
He received his episcopal consecration on February 24, 2004 and
was assigned the titular see of Telepte.
On April 12, 2008,
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him president of the Prefecture for
the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, raising him to
the dignity of archbishop. He is currently also a member
of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and a
consulter for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Congregation
for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life,
and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.