Education and academic career

Dario Edoardo Viganò was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), on the 27th June 1962. Following his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Milan, on the 13rd June, 1987 Viganò was ordained as Roman Catholic priest by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, archbishop of the Diocese of Milan. During and afterwards his Doctoral Thesis (published in 1997 by Castoro, Un cinema ogni campanile. Chiesa e cinema nella diocesi di Milano - A cinema every steeple. Church and Cinema in the Diocese of Milan), Viganò worked at the Office for Social Communications of the Ambrosian Diocese, involved primarily with cinema and cinema halls of the Diocese. In 1998, however, Viganò arrived at the Italian Episcopal Conference.
From 1997 to 2000 Viganò taught Ethics and the Deontology of the Media at the Specialist School in Communications of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. From 1998 to 2005 he was teacher of Semiology of Cinema and Audiovisual Technology and Semiotics and Business Communications at the Faculty of Communication Studies at LUMSA University in Rome.

As of 2000s he has been teaching at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he was made full professor of Theology of Communication. He was also Dean of the Pastoral Institute Redemptor hominis from 2006 to 2012 and also, until 2013, Director of the Lateran Centre for Advanced Studies (CLAS).
From 2005 to 2015 he has also been lecturer in Semiology of Cinema and Audiovisual Technology, Audiovisual languages and markets (Master Degree) and Cinema Theory and Techniques (Bachelor of Science) in the Department of Political Science and Communication Studies at the University LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, where he has also been made a member of the Directing Committee for the research centre Centre for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) "Massimo Baldini" (now Centre for Media and Democratic Innovations "Massimo Baldini"). From 2010 he is member of the Pontifical Theological Academy.