Archbishop-elect Emilio Nappa was born on 9 August 1972 in Naples. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Aversa on 28 June 1997. He was awarded a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2004. He has held various offices in the diocese, including rector of the Church of San Rocco, director and full professor of fundamental theology at the Interdiocesan Ss. Apostoli Pietro e Paolo Higher Institute of Religious Sciences, Caserta Area, in Capua, and canon of the Cathedral. In addition, he has been a local collaborator in the apostolic nunciature in Italy and official of the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State. Since September 2022 he has served as an official of the Secretariat for the Economy.