Luigi de Magistris (bishop)

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Luigi De Magistris
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style none

Luigi De Magistris (born 23 February 1926) is a Roman Catholic Archbishop who served as Pro-Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary from 2001 until the appointment of James Cardinal Stafford in 2003.[1]

He was ordained on 12 April 1952 as a Priest in Cagliari, Italy. This was followed by an appointment to the Apostolic Penitentiary in April 1979. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Nova on 6 March 1996 by Pope John Paul II and consecrated as a bishop on 28 April 1996. He was raised to the level of archbishop of the same see on 22 November 2001.

When William Wakefield Baum retired from the post of Major Penitentiary, De Magistris was appointed Pro-Major Penitentiary, a title then used for someone holding the position of Major Penitentiary without (yet) being a cardinal. However, on 4 October 2003 he resigned and was replaced by James Stafford.


On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make De Magistris a cardinal on 14 February of the same year.[2] As De Magistris is over the age of 80, he will not be eligible to vote in any future papal conclave.


  1. ^ "Archbishop Luigi de Magistris". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Wakefield Baum
Pro-Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary
Succeeded by
James Stafford