The Chapter of the Cathedral of Cremona is the most ancient institution in our city.
We have no definitive information about the founding act, but the first news about its existence dates back to a document of King Rudolph II, dated September 27, 924. It can be assumed that the Chapter of our Cathedral also arose — as elsewhere — from the desire on the part of the clergy to join in common life in order to better witness the Christian faith and for particular care of prayer and divine worship.
The first statutes that governed the life of the chapter belong to the 12th century. The most recent date back to 2007, drawn up in the light of Vatican Council II and the Code of Canon Law, and approved by Bishop Dante Lafranconi.
The norm that sets the maximum number of canons to fifteen members also belongs to the 12th century. In the following centuries the number varied, but the original number of fifteen has now come back into force.
The main purpose of the Chapter is summarized in the premise of the Statutes of 2007: “The Chapters of the Cathedrals, in fraternal communion with the Bishop and among the Canons, express the model of the Church which, without interruption and with a concordant voice praises God and fulfills the task to collaborate above all in prayer for the building up and growth of the whole mystical Body of Christ and for the good of their particular Church“…
Furthermore, the Chapter is required to participate in the most solemn celebrations of the Cathedral, especially those presided over by the Bishop. They are also required to participate in the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Chapter Mass; in collaboration with the Rector of the Cathedral the canons make themselves available for other weekday and festive Eucharistic celebrations, and for the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Chapter meets in ordinary session every two months to discuss issues relating to the activity of the Chapter and the Cathedral. The life of the Chapter is also brightened by signs of fraternity, such as: the convivial meeting on June 2, on the occasion of the feast of the Chapter; and an annual pilgrimage-trip.
L’attuale Capitolo è così composto:
mons. Ruggero Zucchelli, Presidente
mons. Mario Barbieri
mons. Achille Bonazzi
mons. Pietro Bonometti
mons. Angelo Bosio
mons. Attilio Cibolini
mons. Alberto Franzini, Rettore Parroco
mons. Primo Margini
mons. Giuseppe Perotti, Penitenziere
mons. Marino Reduzzi
mons. Rini Vincenzo
mons. Libero Salini, Vicepeniteniere
mons. Giuseppe Soldi
mons. Antonio Trabucchi, Cancelliere Archivista
mons. Giuseppe Aresi
mons. Mario Cavalleri
mons. Angelo Talamazzini