27 May Archbishop Vittorio Francesco Viola OFM Appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
The Holy Father has appointed as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Bishop Vittorio Francesco Viola, OFM, until now Bishop of Tortona, conferring on him at the same time the title of Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Tortona.
Vittorio Francesco Viola, OFM, was born in Biella (Italy) on 4th October 1965. After graduating from high school, he entered the Order of Friars Minor of Umbria and attended the Theological Institute of Assisi, where he completed his fifth year of theology. He then attended the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, where he obtained his Licentiate and then his Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy on 19 February 2000.
He made his solemn profession in the Order of Friars Minor of Umbria on 14 September 1991, in Santa Maria degli Angeli. He was ordained priest on 3 July 1993 and ordained a bishop on December 7, 2014.