Girolamo Bartolomeo Bortignon
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On April 4, 1944, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Belluno e Feltre and Titular Bishop of Lydda by Pope Pius XII. Bortignon received his episcopal consecration from Cardinal Adeodato Giovanni Piazza, OCD, on the following May 14. He later replaced Giosuè Cattarossi as Bishop of Belluno e Feltre on September 9, 1945. In 1947, he named Fr. Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I, as his pro-vicar general.
After almost five years of governing the diocese, Bortignon was translated to Bishop of Padua on April 1, 1949. When Pope John XXIII asked Bortignon for a name for Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, the latter offered his old vicar general in Belluno, Albino Luciani, saying, "I know him...He will do me fine." In 1960, he told his Vatican connections that the activities surrounding Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo should merit an investigation. Bortignon attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965.
The Capuchin bishop resigned his post in Padua on January 7, 1982, after thirty-two years of service. He later died at age 86.
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- TIME Magazine. A Padre's Patience April 24, 1964
- John Paul I, the Smiling Pope. Anecdotes and Testimonies of Pope Luciani - Part X
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|Bishop of Belluno-Feltre
|Bishop of Padua
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