Angelo Vincenzo Zani

Angelo Vincenzo Zani
Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education

Mgr. Angelo Vincenzo Zani
See Volturnum
Appointed 9 November 2012
Other posts Titular Archbishop of Volturnum
Ordination 20 September 1975
by Luigi Morstabilini
Consecration 6 January 2013
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Born (1950-03-24) 24 March 1950
Pralboino, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Pontifical Lateran University, Pontifical Gregorian University
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Styles of
Angelo Vincenzo Zani
Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Angelo Vincenzo Zani (born 24 March 1950) is the current Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education (second-highest official) since his appointment was announced by the then-Pope, Benedict XVI, on 9 November 2012, not long before Benedict's resignation. Archbishop Zani had previously served, with the title of Monsignor, as Under-Secretary, or third-ranking official, in the Congregation.[1] Zani was confirmed as Secretary of the Education Congregation by Benedict's successor, Pope Francis, on Saturday, November 30, 2013.[2]

Zani was born in Pralboino Brescia, Italy, in 1950. He studied philosophy and theology at the seminary of Brescia, the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum and the Pontifical Lateran University where he was awarded a STD in theology. Zani was ordained to the priesthood on 20 September 1975. He then attended the Pontifical Gregorian University where he obtained a license in social science.

He then returned to the diocese and served as vice-rector. From 1983-1995 he taught at the Salesian Philosophical-Theological Institute and "Sociology of Religion" at the Paul VI Theological Institute.

He assisted in the foundation of the Institute of Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Brescia, he taught a course"Teaching of Religion" from 1990 until 1995. From 1981 to 1995 he served as director at the Diocesan Pastoral Office as well as secretary of the board and priestly ministry and as head of a school. During these years Zani was also director of the Episcopal Conference of Lombardy for the pastoral care of the schools. From 1995 to 2002, he was appointed director of the National Bureau of Education, the schools and universities of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

In January 2002, he was appointed as Under-Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He was appointed secretary and at the same time Titular Archbishop of Volturnum by Pope Benedict XVI on 9 November 2012.[3] He was consecrated bishop on 6 January 2013 along with Georg Gänswein, Nicolas Thévenin and Fortunatus Nwachukwu by now-Pope Emeritus Benedict.

On Wednesday, 16 July 2014, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Zani to a five-year term as a Consultant to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (for Religious).[4]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jean-Louis Bruguès, OP
Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education
9 November 2012present
Succeeded by


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