Cardinal Eduardo Menichelli, Archbishop emeritus of Ancona-Osimo, Italy, was born in San Severino Marche, Italy on 14 October 1939. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pius IX Regional Pontifical Seminary in Fano before transferring to the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he earned a license in pastoral theology.
He was ordained a priest on 3 July 1965 and served three years as vicar of St. Joseph’s parish in San Severino Marche, while simultaneously teaching religion in local public schools. In 1968 he was called to Rome, where he remained for 26 years, serving until 1991 as an official at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and then, from 1992-1994 in the secretariat of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, where he served as personal secretary to Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, Prefect of the dicastery.
Also during his years in Rome he served the parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, with special regard to the pastoral care of families. For over 20 years he also provided spiritual guidance at the Villa Mafalda clinic and also worked in family services with the faculty of medicine at Gemelli Policlinic, where, for several years, he taught professional ethics in the school of nursing.
He received his episcopal ordination on 9 July 1994, subsequent to his appointment as Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto (10 June 1994).
He was appointed Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo on 8 January 2004.
He is president of the Marche Bishops’ Conference and national chaplain for the Association of Italian Catholic Physicians.
By pontifical appointment, in October 2014, he participated in the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and in October 2015 in the XIV General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on the Family.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 15 February 2015, of the Title of SS Cuori di Gesù e Maria a Tor Fiorenza (Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at Tor Fiorenza).
From 14 July 2017 is Archbishop emeritus of Ancona-Osimo, Italy.