Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi

Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) is an activity of the Vicariate of Rome, Department of the Holy See, Vatican, at the direct dependence of the Cardinal Vicariate of the Holy Father. With nearly 80 years of experience, ORP has been devoted to serving its pilgrims. It was founded in 1934, about 70 years after the first apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes, offering services to those interested in travelling to the principal religious sanctuaries in Italy and abroad. After World War II  ORP developed the concept of the pilgrimage, and then with the Vatican Council II, the Church rediscovered its "Journeying People of God" and the pilgrimage became an important instrument to evangelize and preach.


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ORP's Leadership

  • Cardinal Agostino Vallini   •   President, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi

    Cardinal Agostino Vallini

    President, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi

    Vicar General of His Holiness

    Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of Rome, was born in Poli, in the province of Rome, in 1940. He studied at the Major Archiepiscopal Seminary of Naples and the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, where he earned a degree in theology. He was ordained a priest in 1964. He also attended the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he earned a doctorate degree in canon and civil law. Over the years Cardinal Vallini held several appointments, including being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Naples and Titular Bishop of Tortibulum by Pope John Paul II. In June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named him Vicar General of Rome.

  • Monsignor Liberio Andreatta   •   Vice President and CEO, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi

    Monsignor Liberio Andreatta

    Vice President and CEO, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi

    Monsignor Liberio Andreatta was born in Fietta di Paderno del Grappa in the Veneto region in 1941. He studied at the Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and later earned a degree in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In 1969 he was ordained a priest and helped found the new parish of St. Anthony of Padova in Corsico. In 1984 Monsignor Andreatta joined ORP where he  took on several leadership roles, including serving as CEO.


ORP headquarters in Rome

ORP headquarters are located in the Palazzo del Vicariato alla Pigna, a structure included within the territory of the Vatican City State. The building, which dates back to the 16th century, was designed by the architect Giacomo della Porta. In 1906 it was purchased by the Holy See and entrusted to the Vicariate of Rome. Later in 1963, Pope John Paul XXIII decided to transfer some of the activities of the Vicariate of Rome to the Palazzo Apostolico Lateranense. His Holiness, however, decided to keep some of the Vicariate's offices involved in pastoral services, in the Palazzo del Vicariato alla Pigna, including Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi. We also have an operational office in Saint Peter's Square and in the Basilica of St. John Lateran.