Dionigi Tettamanzi

Dionigi Tettamanzi

Archbishop of Milan
Date of Birth: 14.03.1934
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi
  2. Education and Early Career
  3. Episcopal Career
  4. Speculations on Papal Conclave
  5. Later Achievements

Biography of Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi

Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi is an Archbishop of Milan and a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo from July 1, 1989 to April 6, 1991, and as the General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference from March 14, 1991 to May 25, 1995. He was also the Vice-President of the Italian Episcopal Conference from May 25, 1995. On April 20, 1995, he became the Archbishop of Genoa, and on July 11, 2002, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Milan.

Education and Early Career

Dionigi Tettamanzi received his education at the seminaries of Seveso and Venegono in Milan. He later obtained a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained as a priest on June 28, 1957, by Archbishop Giovanni Battista Montini, who would later become Pope Paul VI. From 1960 to 1989, he served in various positions in the Archdiocese of Milan, including pastoral work, teaching at local seminaries, and working at the Lombard Pastoral Institute and the Scientific Committee of the International Center for Family Studies. He also served as a judge of the Regional Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Lombardy, the rector of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary (1987-1989), and the chairman of the Administrative Council of the Catholic newspaper Avvenire (since April 28, 1989).

Episcopal Career

On July 1, 1989, Pope John Paul II appointed Tettamanzi as the Archbishop of the modern diocese of Ancona-Osimo. He was consecrated as a bishop on September 23, 1989, by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop of Milan. After being elected as the General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference on March 14, 1991, Tettamanzi resigned from his position as Archbishop. On April 20, 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Archbishop of Genoa, and on May 25 of the same year, he became the Vice-President of the Italian Episcopal Conference. On February 21, 1998, Tettamanzi was summoned to the Vatican to become a member of the College of Cardinals. On March 6, 2000, he joined the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See. Finally, on July 11, 2002, following the resignation of Cardinal Jesuit Carlo Maria Martini, Tettamanzi was appointed as the Archbishop of Milan.

Speculations on Papal Conclave

During the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005, there were intense speculations and assumptions about which cardinal would be elected as his successor on the papal conclave. Tettamanzi, as the head of the historic Archdiocese of Milan, known as a stepping stone to the papacy, and his charm and popularity among the faithful, made him one of the main favorites for the upcoming conclave. He was considered the leading Italian candidate, but Italian cardinals constitute only a minority in the College of Cardinals. In the end, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected as Pope Benedict XVI. It is worth noting that Tettamanzi is believed to speak only Italian, which is seen as a disadvantage in the present time, when knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, is often required from national leaders (and especially from the Pope after the era of John Paul II).

Later Achievements

According to an anonymous source, Tettamanzi received 2 votes in the first and second ballots during the 2005 conclave. Along with Cardinal Angelo Scola, he represents the moderate wing among the cardinals.

On March 20, 2008, Tettamanzi released a new ambrosian rite lectionary, previously confirmed by the Holy See, which replaces the experimental edition of 1976. Tettamanzi stated that the goal of a company should not only be to create profit for shareholders but also to be a community of men and women working together to meet the needs of people involved in the company. He also affirmed that individuals should have stability in their work to be able to plan their lives.