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FEROCI Card. Enrico

13 Card. Enrico Feroci

Cardinal Enrico Feroci, titular Archbishop of Passo Corrrese, was born on 27 August 1940 in Pizzoli, Archdiocese of L'Aquila. He entered the Pontifical Roman Minor Seminary at the age of eleven and then, following his high school studies, continued in the Major Roman Seminary.

He was ordained a priest on 13 March 1965 and served for a year as assistant to the Pontifical Roman Minor Seminary and then as assistant to the Major Seminary (1966-1968); in 1968 he returned to the Minor Seminary as Vice-Rector.

In 1976 he left the Minor Seminary to become parochial vicar of San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali (1976-1980) and then pastor of the same parish (1980-2004).

He served a number of terms as Prefect of the IX Prefecture, a member of the Council of Prefects, the Presbyteral Council, the Council for Economic Affairs and the College of Consultors of the Diocese.  He participated in and cooperated closely in the realisation of significant Diocesan ecclesial events of those years, including the Synod of the Church of Rome (1987-1992) and the City Mission that preceded the Jubilee of 2000.  He was appointed Chaplain to His Holiness on 13 October 1995.

He left San Frumenzio on 1 July 2004 and became pastor of Sant’Ippolito in Piazzale delle Province, until 1 September 2009, when the Cardinal Vicar appointed him as director of the Diocesan Caritas. As director of Caritas he was also appointed President of the “Caritas Roma” Foundation and the anti-usury Foundation Salus Populi Romani.  He then chaired the “Cooperativa Roma Solidarietà”, the body managing the services promoted by Caritas Rome.  He also served as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

On 10 November 2017 the Cardinal Vicar appointed him president of the public clerical association of Oblates Sons of Our Lady of Divine Love, entrusting him with the role of Rector of the Shrine of Divine Love and Rector of the Seminary of Our Lady of Divine Love (1 September 2018).  He was subsequently appointed Canon and Camerlengo of the Papal Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

On 1 September 2019 he was appointed pastor of the Parish of Our Lady of Divine Love in Castel di Leva.

On 15 November 2020 he received episcopal ordination in the new Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 28 November 2020, of the Deaconry of Santa Maria del Divino Amore a Castel di Leva.