Marco Cé

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His Eminence
Marco Cé
Cardinal Patriarch Emeritus of Venice
Archdiocese Venice
See Venice
Appointed 7 December 1978
Installed 6 January 1979
Term ended 5 January 2002
Predecessor Albino Luciani
Successor Angelo Scola
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Marco
Ordination 27 March 1948
by Luigi Traglia
Consecration 17 May 1970
by Carlo Manziana
Created Cardinal 30 June 1979
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1925-07-08)8 July 1925
Izano, Italy
Died 12 May 2014(2014-05-12) (aged 88)
Venice, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Marco Cé (8 July 1925 – 12 May 2014[1]) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Patriarch of Venice from 1978 to 2002, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1979.


Born in Izano, Cé studied at the seminary in Crema, at the Lodi lyceum, and at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. From the Gregorian he obtained a doctorate in dogmatic theology and a licentiate in Sacred Scripture. Cé was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Luigi Traglia on 27 March 1948 in the Lateran Basilica. He then returned to Crema, where he served as Professor of Scripture and vice-rector of the seminary from 1948 to 1957, being named rector in 1950.

On 22 April 1970, Cé was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bologna and Titular Bishop of Vulturia. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 17 May from Bishop Carlo Manziana, with Archbishop Franco Costa and Bishop Placido Cambiaghi, CRSP, serving as co-consecrators. On 21 May 1976, he was made a chaplain to Azione Cattolica.

After the ascension of Pope John Paul I to the papacy and his death thirty-three days later, Cé was named his successor as Patriarch of Venice by Pope John Paul II on 7 December 1978. He was created Cardinal-Priest of S. Marco by John Paul II in the consistory of 30 June 1979. Cé resigned as Patriarch on 5 January 2002, and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave, which selected Pope Benedict XVI. In 2006, he was invited by Pope Benedict to preach the Lenten spiritual exercises to him and the Roman Curia.

At the conclave of 2005 Cardinal Cé was the oldest of the voting cardinals.[citation needed]

In April 2014 Cardinal Cé fractured his femur. He died at Civicl Hospital of Venice on 12 May 2014 at the age of 88.[2][3]


  1. ^ Chiesa veneziana in lutto, è morto il patriarca emerito Marco Cè
  2. ^ É morto il Patriarca emerito di Venezia
  3. ^ Cardinal Marco Ce, retired patriarch of Venice, dies at 88

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Albino Luciani
(later Pope John Paul I)
Patriarch of Venice
Succeeded by
Angelo Scola