Elio Sgreccia

Elio Sgreccia
Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria
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Appointed20 November 2010
PredecessorAugusto Álvaro da Silva
Other posts
Ordination29 June 1952
by Vincenzo Del Signore
Consecration6 January 1993
by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal20 November 2010
by Benedict XVI
Personal details
Born(1928-06-06)6 June 1928
Arcevia, Italy
Died5 June 2019 (aged 90)
Rome, Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Bishop of Zama Minor (1993–2010)
  • Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family (1992–1996)
  • Vice President of the Pontifical Academy for Life (1994–2005)
  • President of the Pontifical Academy for Life (2005–2008)
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Elio Sgreccia
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Elio Sgreccia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛːljo ˈzɡrettʃa]; 6 June 1928 – 5 June 2019) was an Italian bioethicist and a cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, director of the international medical ethics journal Medicina e Morale, president of the Ut Vitam Habeant Foundation and the Donum Vitae Association of the Diocese of Rome, and honorary president of the International Federation of Bioethics Centers and Institutes of Personalist Inspiration (FIBIP).

Early life

Sgreccia was the youngest of six children born to an agricultural family. He was born and raised in Nidastore, a small town in the Comune of Arcevia in the Province of Ancona in the Marche region located in central-eastern Italy. His entry into the seminary was delayed by the start of World War II, so he continued to assist his family in the fields and attended a vocational school in the meantime.[1][2]

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