VATICAN - On Thursday, August 6, 2020, H.H. Pope Francis appointed Fr. Claudio Lurati Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria in Egypt, to succeed Fr. Elia Eskandr Abd Elmalak, O.F.M, who was appointed Apostolic Administrator sede vacante on September 29, 2019, after the passing of Bishop Adel Zaki, the Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria at the time.
Claudio Lurati was born on February 21, 1962, in Como, Italy. After he completed his high school studies, he joined the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, where he undertook his studies in Philosophy and Theology and in 1985 he professed his temporary vows. He received his Baccalaureate in Theology from Tangaza University College in Nairobi (Kenya), and made perpetual vows on March 27, 1989, and was ordained a priest on December 23, 1989 in Lipomo (Como).
He completed his training with a course on Asset Management organized by the inter-congregational organization C.N.E.C. For the first years of priesthood he dedicated himself to the missionary press, while in 1995 he was sent to present-day South Sudan. From 1997 he was transferred to Egypt, where he held the parish ministry until the appointment as Vice Superior of the Delegation of the Comboni Missionaries in 1999, then becoming Superior from 2002 to 2007.
He was appointed Treasurer General of the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries in Rome since 2009.