Monsignor Francesco Follo

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Monsignor Francesco Follo was ordained on 28 June, 1970 and appointed curate of San Marco Evangelista in Casirate d’Adda from 1970 to 1976. He earned a doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1984.

From 1976 to 1984 he worked as a journalist for the magazine Letture of the Centre San Fedele of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) in Milan. He became a member of the Order of Journalists in 1978. In 1982, he held the post of deputy director of the weekly La Vita Cattolica. From 1978 to 1983, he was Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and at the Higher Institute of Assistant Educators in Milan. Between 1984 and 2002 he worked in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See at the Vatican. During this period he was Professor of the history of Greek philosophy at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome (1988-1989). In 2002, Monsignor Francesco Follo was appointed Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO and the Latin Union and Delegate to ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).

Since 2004, Monsignor Francesco Follo is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the magazine Oasis (magazine specialized in interreligious and intercultural dialogue). Monsignor Francesco Follo is Prelate of Honor of His Holiness since May 27, 2000.