Professional Field

  • Canon Law
  • Common Law (Attorney in fact in transactions, contracts, estate and trust in United States of America)
  • Advocacy and Administration of Non-Profit Organizations

Relevant Professional Experience

1995 to present
Attorney at law at the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota and the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in processes of nullity of marriage, the matrimonial dispensation, with Italian and international clients. Consultant of religious orders and congregations, regular clergy and religious, ecclesiastical juridical persons both public and private.

1985 to 1995
Defender of the Bond at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the processes of Dispensation from a marriage ratum et non consummatum in hundreds of cases from around the world (Mrs. Angela Racanicchi was the first lay woman appointed Defender of the Bond in the Roman Curia of the Catholic Church history).

1985 to 1995
Attorney at law at Regional Ecclesiastical Tribunals in processes of nullity of marriage.

1985 to 1995
Member of the Board, Arcisodalizio della Curia Romana (Association of Canon Law of Pontifical Right), Rome, Italy.

2004 to present
Attorney in fact in United States of America with international clients in every aspect of transaction, negotiation and execution of contracts with regard real estate, family, assets protection, estate and probate procedures.

2010 to present
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Katia Ricciarelli for Life Foundation, (Fondazione Katia Ricciarelli per la Vita Onlus), a non-profit organization dedicated to prevent the abandonment of newborn babies, safeguard and uphold life from conception, protect children and support single mothers needy and vulnerable.
– Legislative proposals for better protection of children’s rights, especially in conditions of marginalization, poverty and illegality
– Cash and accrual accounting, financial controls, budgeting, high-level financial analysis, and ability to analyze real estate transactions
– Fundraising management
– Event management

2001 to present
Marriage and Family Life Conferences and promotion of a culture of life from conception to natural death with programs in the following areas:
marriage preparation including conferences for engaged couples as well training
marriage and parenting, including talks, workshops
pro-life activities, including education, sidewalk counseling, post-abortion ministry
Natural Family Planning program, and assistance those experiencing infertility
education in human sexuality: talks and classes with students and their parents
bioethical issues
ministry with divorced, separated and bereaved

The Shroud of Turin: conferences, talks and workshops.

1995 to 2000
Regular writer of marriage legal issues in SINADI (magazine of the Italian Union of Cooperative Credit Bank Managers).


Dec. 20, 1995

Graduation Lawyer (at the first call) of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota and the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Nov. 24, 1995

Doctor of Canon Law (graduated summa cum laude) from the Pontificia Università San Tommaso d’Aquino – Angelicum (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas) Rome, Italy

1994-95 Academic Year

Course of studies on the Shroud of Turin (historical, theological, archaeological and medical-legal course) at the Pontificia Università Lateranense (Lateranense Pontifical University) in Rome

Oct. 25, 1986

Postulator in Causes of Beatification and Canonization (graduated summa cum laudefrom the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

June 1986

Specialization course (graduated summa cum laude) in Canonical Administrative Practice, from the Congregation for the Clergy

Dec. 1985

Specialization course (graduated summa cum laude) in the process of Dispensation from marriage ratum et non consummatum, from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

June 20, 1985

Licentiate of Canon Law (graduated summa cum laude) from the Pontificia Università San Tommaso d’Aquino (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – Angelicum)- Rome, Italy. (While a student there, appointed managing director of ‘Parola’, the University magazine, and Vice President of the University Students Association)

Personal skills

Knowledge, acceptance and desire to promote

Worldwide system for the international protection of human rights

International laws and rules to safeguard human rights with respect to religious issues: freedom of conscience and of religion, freedom of expression, of association and gathering, the right to private and family life privacy, the ban on discriminatory practices (the principle of human equality), the rights of minorities, the right to human dignity, other special kinds of rights as they apply to women, children, parents, youth


  • Italian: mother tongue
  • Latin: written knowledge
  • English, French and Spanish: working written and spoken knowledge

Avvocato Rotale Angela Racanicchi

© 2017 All Right Reserved • Policy Privacy
Web design by Marco Panichi