Cardinal Priest of Seven Most Holy Apostles
Cardinal Scola was born on 7 November 1941 in Malgrate (Italy), the younger of two sons. His father was a truck driver.
He studied in Milan, Switzerland, Monaco and Paris and has several doctorates.
He was ordained on 18 July 1970.
Until 1991, he was an active collaborator with the Communion and Liberation movement.
He was, at one time, Professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontificial John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome and Professor of Contemporary Christology at the Pontifical Lateran University.
He was appointed Bishop of Grosseto on 20 July 1991 and consecrated in Rome on 21 September 1991 by Cardinal Gantin.
He resigned the pastoral governance of his diocese in 1995 to become Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
He was appointed Patriarch of Venice on 5 January 2002.
Pope John Paul II elevated him to the College of Cardinals on 21 October 2003, with the title of the 12 Holy Apostles.