Italian Authority in Media Education Dies

Prof. (Fr) Roberto Giannatelli SDB

ROME, (C.M. Paul) – The Honorary president of MED, the Italian Media Education association, Prof. (Fr) Roberto Giannatelli SDB died Friday morning, October 12. He was former Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of the Salesian Pontifical University Rome during 1983-1989 period. He belonged to the Salesian community of St. Dominic Savio situated in the UPS Campus.

His funeral is scheduled for Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:30 am at the UPS Church in the university campus.

Don Roberto Giannatelli was born in Milan, 26 June 1932. He became a Salesian in 1949 and was ordained priest on 11 February 1960. After completing his PhD studies in Pedagogy in Rome in 1964, he worked as Secretary at the Catechetical Center Leumann (Turin).

Later, he joined the Pontificio Ateneo Salesiano (1965) where he taught courses in Catechetical Methodology (1965-1991), Media Education and audiovisual and catechesis (1991 to 2002), first as an assistant professor (1965-1969), then associate professor (1969-1971), then as a ‘professor  extraordinary’ (1971-1980) and finally as Professor (1980-2002 ).

At the Salesian Pontifical University, prof Giannetelli was Director of the Institute of Catechetics (1968-1974), Dean of the Faculty of Education (1974-1980), Vice-Rector of the UPS (1980-1983) and Coordinator the departmental structure of youth ministry and catechetical at the beginning of its establishment (1981-1983), Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of the University (1983-1989), President of the newly established Institute of Social Communication Studies (ISCOS)  (1989-1995), Director of Development and Public Relations (from 1995-2002), and finally chief of the University magazine “News”.

He was consultant to the Italian Episcopal Conference, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and also collaborated in the field of catechesis and media with FIUC and Copercom – a national publishing and research group.

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