Archbishop Salvatore ‘Rino’ Fisichella is President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation and Co-ordinator of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Witness spoke to him about the Year of Mercy and other projects he has helped organise.
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Born in Codogno in northern Italy in 1951, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rome in 1976 and became an auxiliary of the same diocese and Titular Bishop of Vicohabentia in 1988.
The Archbishop, a renowned systematic theologian, is a professor and author of numerous theological, catechetical, and pastoral works in Italy and far beyond. He was elevated to Archbishop in 2008 after being named by Pope Benedict XVI to head the Pontifical Academy for Life.
On June 30, 2010, Benedict appointed Archbishop Fisichella president of the newly established Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, which aims to address the "progressive secularisation" of historically Christian areas of the world.
Archbishop Fisichella was a key player in the 2012 Ordinary Synod on the New Evangelisation at the Vatican which later gave way to a unique Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium that was published by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis entrusted to Archbishop Fisichella the organisation and implementation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Universal Church.