The Archbishop of Vallisoleti, Ludovicus Argüello, assigned this Monday the title of Chaplain of His Holiness, the title of Monsignor Priest of Vallisoleti, José Angel Mozo Guerro.
The director of the ecumenical center of Lavinia (Italy) for 44 years, he received the only papal honorary appointment for priests still in force, after the abolition of this recognition by Pope Francis in 2014.
Then the archbishop of Valladolid, today emeritus, Ricardo Blázquez, requested the title from the Holy Father in recognition of the work of Joseph Angel Mozo (in Valladolid in 1941) in Lavinia-Anzio, where he directs the ecumenical space. the neighborhood between the English, the Americans and the Germans in the cemeteries of World War II), which today is referred to as the center of the faithful of all religions of the world. José Ángel Mozo was also responsible for the Spanish Legation of the Holy See for thirteen years, which is now held by another Valladolid priest and journalist, Antonio Pelayo.
There is only one Valladolid priest with this distinction, after the death in 2020 of Felicis López Zarzuelo (diocesan administrator of the archbishopric of Vallisoleti between 2009 and 2010) and Vicente Vara (vicar general in the regime of archbishop José Delicado Baeza). The treatment of the monsignor in the Eternal City is also a man from Valladolid, José Maria Serrano (91 years old), who has been a judge-auditor in the Roman Rota for many years.
The instruction on the attribution of honorary pontifical distinctions promulgated by the Secretary of State of the Holy See on May 13, 2001 provides that the title may be granted to secular priests and clerics who have completed at least 65 years of age. For each diocese the monstrous number should not exceed 10% of the clergy. By virtue of this institution, he can be distinguished from other priests by his clothes: a coral robe and a black robe with purple beads, beads, edges and lining, and a purple silk skirt. It should be noted that this order does not expire, although it requires renewal upon the death of the Pope who granted the title.