Paolo Sardi

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His Eminence
Paolo Sardi
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
Orders
Ordination 29 June 1958
by Giuseppe Dell’Omo
Consecration 6 January 1997
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal 20 November 2010
Rank Cardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Born (1934-09-01) 1 September 1934 (age 79)
Ricaldone, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Sutrium (1996–2010)
  • Official of the Secretariat of State (1996–2004)
Motto esto vigilans
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Styles of
Paolo Sardi
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Paolo Sardi STL (born 1 September 1934) is an Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the current patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[1]

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.[2]

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.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pio Laghi
Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta
30 November 2010–present
Incumbent