(Vatican) Msgr Luigi Negri (71) is one of the most striking Italian Bishops was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the new Archbishop of Ferrara. The Pope is very close to the Bishop. His profession as Bishop of San Marino and Montefeltro was one of the last official acts of Pope John Paul II. A much greater connection to the combative Bishop is shown by Pope Benedict XVI. In the last year the head of the Church visited the small Diocese, which also includes the resting place of Saint Marino, in a pastoral visit. A particular sign of approval is Msgr. Negri's holds a disposition of an unabbreviated message and the necessity of a confident Church. For this reason Pope Benedict appointed him, about which the Italian Bishops' Conference did nothing, because of this personally in the Bishops' Synod in October in Rome. Then followed his elevation to Archbishop.
Hertofore Bishop of San Marino, now Archbishop of Ferrara.
Archbishop Negri was born in 1941 in Milan. There he visited the Gymnasium for the Humanities, where he met Don Luigi Giussiani and entered this student movement. From 1965 to 1967 he was the first president in the Archdiocese of Milan. Msgr Negri graduated from the Catholic University of Milan and was then the assistant of the renowned neo-Thomist Professor Gustavo Bontadini in the Seminary and was ordained in June of 1972 by the former Archbishop of Milan, Gioanni Cardinal Colombo.
Neo-Thomist, Student of Catholic Social Teacher, Promoter of the Old Rite
In the society of Communion and Liberation of Don Giussiani Msgr. Negri was responsible above all for the area of school and formation. His special point of attention lay in what was then the Catholic Social Teaching. At the Catholic University of Milan he taught History, Philosophy and Introduction to Theology. He is the author of numerous specialist works above all about the magisterium of Pope John Paul II. Since 2010 he has been a collaborator of the Catholic internet publication La Bussola Quotidiana (The Daily Compass) and president of the Fondazione International Gioanni Paolo II per il Magistero Sociale della Chiesa (International Foundation of John Paul II for the Social Teaching of the Church), whose honorery committee includes Professor Nikolaos Lokowicz and Paul Josef Cardinal Cordes from the German speaking areas, and till his death, the [Emperor] Otto Habsburg. The scientific committee includes numerous others like Bologna's Archbishop Carlo Cardinal Cafarra, the Secretary of the Pope, Msgr George Ganswein, Karl Habsburg, Professor Waldsstein, malcom Cardinal Ranjith and the biographer of John Paul II., George Weigel.
Prominent, Militant Representative of the Catholic Subject
The Episcopal consecration received by Msgr. Negri by Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi, the former Archbishop of Milan. He follows now for a second time his predecessor Msgr. Rabitti, who was Bishop of San Marino from 1995 to 2004 and then became Archbishop of Ferrara in 2012.
The chief shepherd of Ferrara bears the title of Archbishop, the Diocese is yet a small metropolitan district, and thus has no suffragren. This particularity goes back to the time of the Church State. Ferrara belonged in late antiquity to the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna and was added to the Kingdom of the Lombards in 774. From 1589 to 1859 it answered directly to the Papal Legation of the Church State.
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