Lorenzo Chiarinelli was ordained a priest on September 15, 1957 . After graduating from the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Lateran University , he worked in Rieti in pastoral care, as vicar general and as a teacher of religion, philosophy, ethics and anthropology. From 1967 to 1974 he was deputy assistant to the Italian Catholic University Association "Federazione universitaria cattolica italiana" (FUCI) and then to the organizations "Movimento dei laureati" and "Movimento Ecclesiale di Impegno Culturale" (MEIC). For 15 years he was professor of patristic and Christian literature at the Missionary Catechesis Institute of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome .
Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of the new diocese of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo on January 21, 1983 , made up of the dioceses of Aquino , Pontecorvo and Sora . The Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops , Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio , consecrated him bishop on February 27 of the same year; Co- consecrators were Francesco Amadio , Bishop of Rieti-San Salvatore Maggiore , and Dino Trabalzini , Archbishop of Cosenza e Bisignano . On September 30, 1986, he was appointed bishop of the newly structured diocese of Aquino, Sora and Pontecorvo .
Chiarinelli was President of the CEI Commission for Catechesis and Doctrine of the Faith and took care of the implementation phase of the catechesis texts. He was a member of the Episcopal Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue and President of the Scientific Committee that organized the Italian Catholic Weeks. In this role, he led the 44th Social Week of Italian Catholics in October 2004 on the topic of "Democracy: New Scenarios - New Powers". He was also a member of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints .
In 2000 he was awarded the Grand Officer's Cross (Grande-Oficial) of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique .
- Presbiteri e vescovo. A servizio della comunione , EDB Bologna 1991, ISBN 978-8810501610
- Tutti chiamati a servire , EDB Bologna 1991, ISBN 978-8810901588 , with Ernesto Vecchi
- Padre, dimmi una parola , EDB Bologna 2007, ISBN 978-8810808214
- So antica e so nuova: la Chiesa! , Cittadella editrice, Assisi 2014, ISBN 978-8830813793
- Lorenzo Chiarinelli in the WorldCat bibliographic database
- Entry on Lorenzo Chiarinelli on catholic-hierarchy.org
- Entry on Lorenzo Chiarinelli on gcatholic.org (English)
- Luigi Fabbri: "Con Lorenzo Chiarinelli se ne va un maestro insuperabile di vita e di amore alla chiesa" on tusciaweb.eu from August 4, 2020 (Italian)
Bishop of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo
|Luca Brandolini CM|
|Giovanni Gazza SX||
Bishop of Aversa
Bishop of Viterbo
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian clergyman and Roman Catholic bishop of Viterbo|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 16, 1935|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Concerviano|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 3, 2020|
|Place of death||Rieti|