In memory of Bishop Marco Dino Brogi, Titular Archbishop of Città Ducale, Apostolic Nuncio

Br Marco Dino Brogi was born on 12 March 1932 in the Italian Community of Alexandria in Egypt, a cosmopolitan city at the time. In 1956 he left the Italian Community to enter the Mission Formation House “in auxilium Coptorum” entrusted to the Friars Minor of Tuscany, which later became an independent Custody and is now the Egyptian Franciscan Province. He professed the Rule of St Francis on 28 August 1957 (solemn profession on 25 April 1962) and was ordained a priest on 5 May 1963.

He received his Doctorate in Canon Law in 1966 from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Once he returned to Egypt, he held various positions in the formation of young friars and was Custodial Councillor for three years 1968-1971. In 1972-73, he presided over the Court of First Instance of the Coptic Catholic Eparchy of Minia in Egypt.

He later served in the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (1973-1997), becoming its Undersecretary in 1991. From 1974 he took part in the work of the Pontifical Commission for the revision of the Code of Eastern Canon Law, informally at first, and then in his own right, having been appointed Consultor in 1983. He continued until the promulgation of the present Code in 1990, entitled the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

Among various significant positions, he was a Councillor of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Vatican. He taught in Egypt and Rome, and he was one of the first members of the Société du Droit des Eglises Orientales, as well as being the Asesor Científico of the Revista Española de Derecho Canónico. He is the author of various studies on Eastern Canon Law.

In 1997, Saint John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Apostolic Delegate to Somalia, and he ordained him bishop on 6 January 1998. From 2002 to 2006 he was Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt and Delegate of the Holy See to the League of Arab Nations.

Since January 2006 Fr Brogi lived a regular life in the Franciscan friary in Fiesole in Tuscany, making use of his considerable canonical and pastoral experience. He also continued his service to the Holy See for several years as Consultor of the Second Section of the Secretariat of State (from 2006) and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches (from 2007 to 2014). He was Vice Postulator of the Causes of the Saints of the Tuscan Province (2006-2017).

The Covid-19 virus rapidly affected his health. He was admitted to hospital in Careggi on 14 November 2020 and died on Sunday 29 November 2020, First Sunday of Advent and Feast of All Saints of the Franciscan Order.