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Episcopal Conference of Italy
Archdioceses of Italy

The Italian Episcopal Conference (Italian: Conferenza Episcopale Italiana) or CEI is the episcopal conference of the Italian bishops of the Catholic Church, the official assembly of the bishops in Italy.

The conference was founded in 1971 and carries out certain tasks and has the authority to set the liturgical norms for the Mass. Episcopal conferences receive their authority under universal law or particular mandates. Its president has been Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti since his appointment by Pope Francis in 2017.

It is the only episcopal conference for which the pope appoints the president and secretary-general. In almost all other conferences the president is elected, while the secretary-general is elected in all others.[a]

At the beginning of his papacy in 2013, Pope Francis considered having the CEI membership elect its own president and secretary-general, a proposal that was once considered and abandoned by Pope John Paul II.[1] In 2017, adopting a new procedure, the CEI members elected three candidates for president and submitted them to the pope, who was free to choose one of them or someone else.[2]

Pope Francis repeatedly urged the CEI bishops to organize a national synod as discussed at their conference in Florence in 2015, first though surrogates and then himself inviting them to undertake a synod, eventually telling them in January 2021 that it was their duty and the time had come.[3] The conference leadership submitted their synod proposal to him a month later.[4]

A public domain version of the Bible in Italian is published by the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana.[5]



The official that deals with the day-to-day affairs of the Conference is the secretary-general.

See also


  1. ^ The exceptions are Belgium, where the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels is president ex officio, England and Wales where the archbishop of Westminster is president "ex officio", and the Latin church in Arab lands where the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem is always president.[1]


  1. ^ a b Galeazzi, Giacomo (8 April 2013). "Pope: Italian bishops to elect their own president and secretary". Vatican Insider. Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Italian bishops get a leader cut from Pope Francis's cloth". Crux. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ Agasso, Domenico (31 January 2021). "Il Papa bacchetta la Cei: "Bisogna fare un sinodo"". La Stampa (in Italian).
  4. ^ Gambassi, Giacomo (27 February 2021). "Sinodo per l'Italia, la proposta della Cei consegnata al Papa". Avvenire (in Italian). Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ BibleGateway.com, Version Information, accessed 28 December 2018
  6. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.12.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 01.10.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 2021.

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