The appointments of these days concern the Church in Italy, the Eastern Churches and the APSA.
Sandro Salvucci, archbishop
of Urbino – Urbania – Sant’Angelo
in Vado (Italy)
Born on April 3, 1965 in Macerata, he has belonged to the Focolare movement since his youth. He obtained a baccalaureate in theology at the archiepiscopal seminary of Fermo and subsequently a licentiate in moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, as a student of the Almo Collegio Capranica. Ordained a priest on 25 September 1993 for the clergy of Fermo, incardinating himself in the same archdiocese, he was parish vicar of SS. Annunziata in Porto Sant’Elpidio (1994-1999); since 1995, professor of moral theology at the Theological Institute of the Marches and the Issr of Fermo; since 1998, director of the diocesan vocation center; director of the diocesan committee for the permanent diaconate (1999-2006); spiritual animator of the diocesan center of spirituality Villa Nazareth Fermo (2001-2006); member of the board of consultors (2004-2012); rector of the archiepiscopal seminary (2006-2014). Furthermore, he was also parish priest of the pastoral unit of Montegranaro, teacher of moral theology at the Theological Institute of the Marches and animator and head of the diocesan movement of the Opera di Maria (Focolari movement). Appointed metropolitan archbishop of Pesaro on 12 March 2022, he received episcopal ordination on the following 1 May. In the Episcopal Conference of the Marches he is bishop delegate for youth ministry.
Archbishop of Mosul of the Syrians (Iraq)
Born in Qaraqosh on 10 September 1982, after studying nursing, he began his seminary training first in Baghdad and later in Lebanon, where he obtained a baccalaureate in philosophy and theology at the Saint-Esprit University. Ordained a priest on 29 June 2011 for the archieparchy of Mosul of the Syrians, he was vicar of the Mar Jacob parish in Qaraqosh, personal secretary of the archbishop, then with the invasion of the Nineveh Plain he took care of the displaced Syrians at the Mar Church Shmoni in Erbil, and was protosyncellus of the archeparchy for two years. Among the other tasks entrusted to him, that of teacher of Sacred Scripture, curator of a radio program, representative of the Iraqi Church in the Council of Churches of the Middle East, collaborator of the inter-ritual Tribunal of Erbil. Since 2019 he has been in Rome for doctoral studies in Biblical Theology.
Archbishop of Homs of the Syrians (Syria)
Born in Aleppo on June 28, 1968, after entering the Seminary of Charfet, in Lebanon, he continued his formation, obtaining a baccalaureate in Philosophy and Theology, and then a license in Liturgy at the Saint-Esprit University of Kaslik. He entered the monastic community of Deir Mar Musa Al-Abashi, of which he is the co-founder, on 20 July 1993 he made his vows. On 28 August he was ordained a priest and incardinated in the archeparchy of Homs of the Syrians. From 2000 to 2015 he was in charge of the convent of Mar Elian and the parish of Qaryatayn. After being kidnapped by jihadists between May and October 2015, he stayed in the branch monasteries of Cori (Italy) and Sulaymanyah (Iraq). Returning to Syria in 2020, he is vice-superior of the Community and treasurer, looking after the faithful of Qaryatayn; and is a member of the college of consultors of the archieparchy of Homs.
under-secretary of the Administration
of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
Born on 23 February 1975 in Manerbio, Italy, he made his perpetual profession in the Salesian Society of St John Bosco on 12 September 2004 and on 17 June 2006 he received priestly ordination. He obtained a licentiate in spiritual theology at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He is director of the Opera Don Bosco nel Mondo Foundation in Lugano (Switzerland); procurator of the Swiss Institute Opera Don Bosco Foundation in Lugano; executive director of the non-profit Opera Don Bosco Foundation in Milan (Italy); board member of the Stiftung Don Bosco in Der Welt in Schaan (Liechtenstein); treasurer of the board of directors of the non-governmental organization (NGO) International Volunteer for Development (VIS).