Apostolic Preacher

The Apostolic Preacher, also known as the Preacher of the Papal household, is a part of the Roman Curia. This individual provides meditation to the Pope as well as other senior officials of the Catholic Church while being the only cleric allowed to preach to the Pope.[1] Since 1980, the position has been held by the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M.Cap.


Established by Pope Paul IV in 1555, the position was initially unpopular among the prelates. This individual was given the task of reminding the members of the Papal Court of their respective duties.[2] Prior to this, four General Procurators took turns to preach on the Sundays of Advent and Lent. Under the new system, one person would be appointed from different religious orders.

In 1753, during the reign of Pope Benedict XIV, the brief Inclytum Fratrum Minorum reserved the office exclusively to members of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor.[3] It was stated this change took place because of "the example of Christian piety and religious perfection, the splendor of doctrine and the Apostolic Zeal" found in the Order.[2]

Notable Apostolic Preachers[edit]

  • Alonso Salmerón
  • Francis Toleto
  • Anselmus Marzatti
  • Francis Cassini
  • Bonaventure Barberini
  • Michael Francesch
  • Lewis Micara of Frascati
  • Lewis of Trent
  • Raniero Cantalamessa