Father Raniero Cantalamessa

Father Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin Catholic priest born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and ordained in 1958. He is a former professor of history of ancient Christianity at the Catholic University of Milan. Father Cantalamessa’s life was transformed in 1976 when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit on a trip to Kansas City. “The love of scripture which results from receiving the Holy Spirit is unbelievable,” shares Father Cantalamessa. Then in 1979 he felt called to leave his teaching position to become a full time preacher of the gospel.

In 1980, John Paul II appointed him Preacher to the Papal Household. On July 18, 2013, he was confirmed by Pope Francis as Preacher to the Papal Household where he serves, preaching weekly during Advent and Lent to the pope and the cardinals, bishops, and prelates of the Roman Curia and the general superiors of religious orders. He is the only person who has preached to all the popes in the last thirty years. He speaks in many countries around the world, both to Catholic and Protestant audiences on unity and common evangelization. He has received an honorary degree in Law from Notre Dame University (Indiana), in Sciences of Communication from the University of Macerata (Italy) and in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio). Father Cantalamessa has published numerous books on spiritual fruit which have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. When he is not engaged in preaching, he lives in a hermitage at Cittaducale (Rieti) in Italy ministering to a small community of cloistered nu

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