The Archpriest is the first in rank among the Cathedral’s Chapter Canons and has been of primary importance in the history of the Milanese Church, since at least the 8th century. The Duomo is first of all the see of the Bishop, who is entitled to the right and duty to preside over every celebration. St. Ambrose, in fact, would celebrate every day with his priests and, only when he was called away from the city, he would give the task to the priest who for age and the esteem of his brothers was considered eminent to take his place, i.e. the Archpriest. In Milan this practice has been consistently maintained. Over the centuries, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo has also made a point of specifying that the Archpriest was in charge of Cathedral worship as well, collaborating with the Fabbrica to ensure that there was always harmony between liturgy and art. For this reason Saint Carlo wanted the Archpriest to be included among the Fabbrica’s board of representatives. Since December 2012, the Archpriest of the Duomo is Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo.