H.E. Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia

H.E. Msgr. Paglia, Bishop of Terni Narni Amelia was ordained as a priest on March, 14, 1970.

Ordained as bishop on April 2, 2000, in the Lateran Basilica in Rome, he has been nominated as president of the Catholic Bible Federation by the Executive Committee and confirmation through the Holy See in August 2002. Since 2004, he has also been the president of Commission for Ecumenism and dialogue of Italian Episcopal Conference. His education includes Pontifical Roman Minor and Major Seminary (Pontifical Lateran University), Licentiate in Philosophy (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome), Licentiate in Theology (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome), and master´s degree in Pedagogy (University of Urbino, Italy).

Since the early 1970s, H.E. Msgr. Paglia has been involved with the Community of Sant´Egidio, being one of its co-founders. In 1973 he has been nominated as rector of the church of Sant´Egidio which had become the center of the Saint Egidio Community. In 1981, he became parish priest at Santa Maria in Trastevere and prefect of the Third Prefecture in Rome. In 1999, Paglia negotiated with Rugova and Milosevic during the war in Kosovo and has acted as “special ambassador” several times.

Paglia regularly publishes articles in widespread Italian magazines. His academic and publishing activities concern especially the fields of social history and biblical spirituality. He has received prizes for his involvement in peacekeeping and dialogue. These include the Gandhi Medal of UNESCO in 1999 for his work in peace, the Mother Teresa Prize of Albanian Government in 2003 and the Order of the Holy and Right-Believing Prince Daniel, 3rd class, in 2006 in consideration of his contribution to the development of dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Russian Orthodox Churches from His Holiness Patriarch Alexy of Moscow.

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