Appointment of bishop of Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza, Italy, and unione in persona Episcopi of the sees of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa-Montalcino and Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza
The Holy Father has appointed His Eminence Cardinal Augusto Paolo Lojudice, metropolitan archbishop of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa Montalcino, as bishop of the diocese of Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza, Italy, , uniting the two sees in persona Episcopi.
His Eminence Cardinal Augusto Paolo Lojudice was born in Rome on 1 July 1964. He prepared for the priesthood at the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary and attended courses in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University from 1983 to 1988. He was awarded a licentiate in theology with a specialization in fundamental theology.
He was ordained a priest on 6 May 1989 for the diocese of Rome. After priestly ordination he carried out the following roles and ministries: parochial vicar of the parish of Santa Maria del Buon Consiglio (1989-1992); parish vicar San Vigilio (1992-1997); parish priest of Santa Maria Madre del Redentore in Tor Bella Monaca (1997-2005) and spiritual director at the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary (2005-2014). From 2014 to 2015 he served as parish priest of San Luca Evangelista al Prenestino.
On 6 March 2015 he was appointed to the titular see of Alba Marittima and auxiliary bishop of Rome. He received episcopal consecration on 23 May of the same year.
On 6 May 2019 he was appointed archbishop of the metropolitan archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa-Montalcino. He was created Cardinal of the Title of Santa Maria del Buon Consiglio in the Consistory of 28 November 2020.
He is a member of the Dicastery for Bishops. Within the Italian Episcopal Conference he is a member of the Commission for Migrations, and in the Tuscan Episcopal Conference he is delegate for Migrations and for Missionary Cooperation between Churches.