I would like to express Dear Father Rossi. But I do not want to use the word Caro.

Is this correct?

Egregio Padre Rossi,

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    I think egregio is a little too formal for addressing a priest... maybe gentile is slightly better, but it is also formal. For me is a difficult question! Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 6:26
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    Related question: italian.stackexchange.com/q/9391.
    – Charo
    Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 8:36
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    I think the way you should address to this priest in your letter would probably depend on the degree of familiarity or friendship you have with them. May we have some details about this?
    – Charo
    Commented Mar 12, 2020 at 18:52

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According to this page a formal salutation could be

Reverendo Padre Rossi


Egregio Padre

is slightly less formal.

Also according to the same page, the letter should end with a phrase like

La prego di accogliere, Reverendo Canonico (NAME AND SURNAME) l'espressione dei miei sentimenti deferenti



Con rispetto e devozione in Cristo, (YOUR NAME AND SURNAME)

I would have suggested also Stimato but I guess it is not used and Egregio would be better.

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