Luigi Sincero

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Luigi Sincero
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Reference style His Eminence
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See Palestrina (Suburbicarian diocese)

Luigi Sincero (26 March 1870 – 7 February 1936) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal and President of the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law and Secretary of Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the title of Prefect held by the Popes from 1917 until 1967.

He was born in Trino Vercellese, Piedmont, Italy. He was educated at the Seminary of Vercelli and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained in 1892. He was chosen as the Vice-rector of the Pontifical Lombard College in 1894. He served as a Faculty member of the Seminary of Vercelli and canon theologian of its cathedral from 1894 until 1908. He was appointed as an Auditor of the Roman Rota on 20 October 1908. He was Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law on 18 October 1917 and Secretary of the Sacred College of Cardinals in 1919. He served as Secretary of the conclave of 1922.

Cardinalate[edit]

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Deacon of S. Giorgio in Velabro in the consistory of 23 May 1923 by Pope Pius XI.

Pope Pius appointed Sincero as Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on 3 February 1927. He opted for the order of cardinal priests and his deaconry was elevated pro hac vice to title on 17 December 1928.

Episcopate[edit]

Pope Pius appointed him titular archbishop of Petra di Palestina on 11 January 1929. He was Consecrated two days later in the Sistine chapel by Pope Pius XI. He was elected to the order of cardinal bishops, taking the suburbicarian see of Palestrina on 13 March 1933. Pope Pius appointed him President of the Pontifical Commission for the Codification of the Oriental Canon Law on November 23, 1934 and President of the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law. He died just short of his 66th birthday on February 7, 1936.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Tacci Porcelli
Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Churches
6 February 1927 – 7 February 1936
Succeeded by
Eugène-Gabriel-Gervais-Laurent Tisserant
Preceded by
Vincenzo Vannutelli
Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina
13 March 1933 – 7 February 1936
Succeeded by
Angelo Dolci
Preceded by
Giulio Serafini
President of the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law
12 December 1934 – 7 February 1936
Succeeded by
Massimo Massimi