RMG – Episcopal Ordinations of Card. Fernández Artime and Archbishop Giordano Piccinotti

13 March 2024

(ANS – Rome) – The most recent two Sons of Don Bosco appointed bishops by the Holy Father will receive episcopal ordination together: on 20 April in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Cardinal Emil Paul Tscherrig, Apostolic Nuncio emeritus in Italy and in the Republic of San Marino, will consecrate Cardinal Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Titular Archbishop of Ursona, and Archbishop Giordano Piccinotti, Titular Archbishop of Gradisca, President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).

As co-consacrants of the two Salesians there will also be: Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, SDB, Archbishop of Rabat, Morocco; and Bishop Lucas Van Looy, SDB, Bishop Emeritus of Gent, Belgium.

A Spaniard from Asturias, originally from the small fishing village of Luanco, Ángel Fernández Artime was Superior of the Province of León, Spain, from 2000 to 2006, and of Southern Argentina, from 2009 to 2014. Elected in that same year as Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, then reconfirmed in 2020, he was appointed cardinal on 9 July 2023, and was created cardinal in the Ordinary Public Consistory of the following 30 September.

Giordano Piccinotti, was born in 1975, in Manerbio, Lombardy, Italy. Economer of several Salesian houses, as well as of the Lombard-Emiliano Province (ILE) from 2011-2017, he was Director or Procurator of several Salesian foundations, as well as Treasurer of the Salesian VIS (International Volunteering for Development) NGO. In 2023 the Pontiff appointed him first Undersecretary and then President of APSA, and finally also President of the Board of Directors and of the Foundation for Catholic Health.

The episcopal ordination of two Sons of Don Bosco, and in particular of the Rector Major in charge of the Salesian Congregation, is an event that attracts the attention and lively participation of the entire Salesian Family.

For those who would wish to be physically present at the ceremony, participation in the celebration must be confirmed by 10 April by filling out one of the following forms: PRIESTS - RELIGIOUS AND LAY PEOPLE or by writing to the e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For those who will not be able to attend the liturgy live, which will begin at 3:30 pm (UTC+2), it will be broadcast live on ANSChannel, the YouTube channel of the iNfo Salesiana Agency.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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