Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., Secretary of State, Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop emeritus of Genoa (Italy), was born on 2 December 1934 in Romano Canavese, Italy. He was ordained on 1 July 1960. He holds a licence in theology with a dissertation on tolerance and religious freedom and a doctorate in canon law.
He has been professor of special moral theology at the Pontifical Salesian University, 1967; professor of canon law, 1976-91; and dean of the Faculty of Canon Law, 1979-85; vice-rector, 1987-89 and then rector, 1989-91. He collaborated in several Roman parishes and has also worked on the final phase of the revision of the Code of Canon Law, directing the working group that translated the Code into Italian for the Italian Episcopal Conference. Since the 1980s, he has served as consultor in several dicasteries of the Roman Curia, especially in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
On August 1, 1991 he was ordained Archbishop of Vercelli.
On June 13, 1995 he was nominated Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, charged by Pope John Paul II with the care of the publication of the third part of the “secret” of Fatima.
On December 10, 2002 he was nominated Archbishop of Genoa.
On September 15, 2006 he was nominated Secretary of State.
On April 4, 2007 he was nominated Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Title of the Suburbicarian Church of Frascati.
- Congregations: for the Doctrine of the Faith; for the Clergy; for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments; for the Oriental Churches; for Bishops; for the Evangelization of Peoples;
- Cardinal Commission for the Supervision of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) - President.