There is also one from Cuneo among the 21 new cardinals (including 5 Italians) that Pope Francis will appoint, with a consistory, on Saturday 27 August. This is Monsignor Giorgio Marengo, 47, originally from Cuneo and Turin by adoption, missionary of the Consolata, apostolic prefect of Ulan Bator since April 2020, a small community of 1300 Christians in Mongolia, where he has been on a mission since 2003.
First representative of his religious order in the Asian country, he was parish priest of Mary Mother of Mercy in Arvajhéér and from 2016, until his episcopal appointment, he was regional councilor for Asia, superior of the order for Mongolia. Marengo is the youngest of the 27 new cardinals. As a boy he was part of the scouts, practiced fencing and graduated from the Cavour classical high school in Turin.
From 1993 to 1995 he attended philosophical courses at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, from 1996 to 1999 he studied Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 2000 he made his profession of vows for the Consolata missionaries, the following year he was ordained a priest. In 2002 he obtained a license and, in 2016, a doctorate in Missiology at the Pontifical Urban University. Then the mission in Mongolia, in April 2020 the appointment as apostolic prefect of Ulan Bator and in August of that year, the episcopal ordination received in Turin by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. He was the youngest Italian bishop until 8 March 2021, the day of the appointment of Father Christian Carlassare, 44, bishop of Rumbek (Sudan).