Friar Marco Tasca

Friar Marco Appointed Archbishop of Genoa

Pope Francis has appointed Conventual Franciscan Friar Marco Tasca as archbishop of Genoa, Italy, the Vatican announced May 8.

Friar Marco, who served as minister general of the OFM Conventual friars for 12 years, has been a friend to the Secular Franciscan Order, participating in OFS general chapters.

“I am a friar and I remain a friar,” Fr. Marco told his fellow Franciscans when his appointment was announced at the friary in Padova, the Jesuit America Magazine reported. “His fellow Franciscans responded with prolonged applause.”

“The archbishop-elect greeted his new diocese, which includes 674,000 faithful and 278 priests, with the words of St. Francis of Assisi: ‘May the Lord give you peace’.

Friar Marco Tasca at 2017 Genral Chapter
2017 GENERAL CHAPTER: Friar Marco with General Secretary Isabella Di Paola, OFS, Presidency Councilor Michel Janian, OFS (center), and Minister General Tibor Kauser, OFS (right). TOP PHOTO: Fr. Marco celebrates Mass at the General Chapter at the Seraphicum in Rome, Italy. Photos by R. Stronach.