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|Vice-Chamberlain Emeritus of the Apostolic Chamber|
|Appointed||23 October 2004|
|Term ended||20 November 2010|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Auxiliatrice in via Tuscolana|
|Ordination||29 June 1958
by Giuseppe Dell’Omo
|Consecration||6 January 1997
by Pope John Paul II
|Created Cardinal||20 November 2010|
1 September 1934 |
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Sardi was born in Ricaldone, Province of Alessandria. Sardi was ordained a priest on 29 June 1958, after a licentiate in theology he graduated in canon law and jurisprudence at the Università Cattolica Milano. He taught moral theology in Turin until 1976, when he was called to the Vatican to work in the Secretariat of State. In 1992 he was appointed Vice Councillor for General Affairs and on 10 December 1996, Apostolic Nuncio with special responsibilities and Titular Archbishop of Sutrium by Pope John Paul II. Archbishop Sardi co-ordinates the Vatican office that edits the Pope's texts and addresses. On 6 January 1997, Pope John Paul ordained him an archbishop in Saint Peter's Basilica.
On 23 October 2004 he was appointed Vice Camerlengo (chamberlain) of the Holy Roman Church. He was appointed to succeed Pio Laghi, who died in January 2009 as pro-patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Archbishop Sardi has the task of promoting the spiritual interests of the Order and its members and its relations with the Holy See.
On 20 November 2010, he was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana. He retains voting rights in any papal conclave until 1 September 2014, his 80th birthday. On 30 November 2010 Cardinal Sardi was appointed as full patron of the Order of Malta after becoming a cardinal.
On 29 December 2010 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, Saints, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta
30 November 2010–present