Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 27, 1962. He was ordained a priest in Milan by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini on June 13, 1987. He graduated summa cum laude from the Salesian Pontifical University in 1993. Monsignor Viganò completed his doctorate at the Salesian Pontifical University in 1997.
Monsignor Vigano was prefect of the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See between June 27, 2015, and March 21, 2018. He was previously director of the Vatican Television Center – CTV, from January 22, 2013, to December 21, 2015. Since September 29, 2016, he has been a member of the Congregation for the Clergy and of the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See.
From 2004 to 2013, Monsignor Vigano was president of the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo – FEdS and director of the Rivista del Cinematografo, as well as president of the National Commission for Evaluation Film – CNVF of the Italian Episcopal Conference. From 2006 to 2011, he was a member of the sub–commission for the recognition of the Cultural Interest – feature film section – of the General Directorate of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities. Between 2008 and 2012, Monsignor Vigano was also director of the Experimental Cinematography Center, with delegations to the National Film Library and Publishing.
Monsignor Viganò is a professor of Communication Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, where he also served as dean of the Pastoral Institute Redemptor Hominis from 2006 to 2012. He was also director of the Lateranense Interdisciplinary Center (2006 to 2012) and of the Center Lateran High Studies – CLAS (2012 to 2013). Since 2013, he and Emilio Carelli have directed the master’s in digital journalism program at the Pontifical Lateran University.
Monsignor Vigano has been a lecturer and member of the scientific committee of the Writing School for Cinema and Television, LUISS Creative Business Center – LUISS Business School, of the LUISS Guido Carli University since 2014.
At the LUISS Guido Carli, from 2005 to 2015, he was a lecturer in cinema at the department of political sciences. He was also a member of the steering committee of the Massimo Baldini Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS).
From 2004 to 2012, he was also a lecturer and scientific director, with Francesco Casetti (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan), of the ANICEC advanced e–learning course for the Animators of Communication and Culture, organized by the Pontifical Lateran University, from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and the Communication and Culture Foundation of the Italian Episcopal Conference.
He was a lecturer in charge of Film and Audiovisual Semiotics and Semiotics and Business Communication from 1998 to 2005 at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the LUMSA University of Rome.
He was professor in charge, from 1997 to 1999, of ethics and media deontology at the High School of Specialization in Communication at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.
Since 2010, he has been a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He is the author of numerous studies dedicated to the analysis of the relationship between the media and the Catholic world, with a focus on cinema.