Appointment of bishop of Tortona, Italy
The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Guido Marini, of the clergy of the archdiocese of Genoa, until now Master of Liturgical Celebrations, as bishop of the diocese of Tortona, Italy.
Msgr. Guido Marini was born in Genoa on 31 January 1965. After completing his high school studies he entered the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Genoa, where he obtained a baccalaureate in theology. Ordained a priest on 4 February 1989, he continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University, where he was awarded a doctorate in utroque iure. In 2007 he obtained a bachelor's degree in communication psychology from the Pontifical Salesian University.
He has served as special secretary to Cardinals Giovanni Canestri (1988-1995), Dionigi Tettamanzi (1995-2002) and Tarcisio Bertone (2002-2003); lecturer in canon law at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy - Genoa Section and the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (1992-2007); elected member of the Presbyteral Council (1996-2001); canon of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (2002-2007); director of the diocesan Office for Education and Schools (2003-2005); spiritual director at the Archiepiscopal Seminary (2004-2007); archiepiscopal chancellor, member by right of the diocesan Presbyteral Council and member of the Episcopal Council (2005-2007). Since 2007 he has been Prelate of Honour of His Holiness.
He became Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations in 2007, and was confirmed in the role by Pope Francis in 2013. Since 2019 he has also been responsible for the Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir.
For the academic year 2018-2019 he was visiting lecturer in Papal Liturgy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo. From his ordination to the priesthood to date, he has also exercised his ministry in the context of preaching spiritual exercises, spiritual direction, accompanying some youth groups and as a spiritual assistant to some religious communities.