Agostino Cacciavillan

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Agostino Cacciavillan
President Emeritus of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
Cardinal-Priest of Santi Angeli Custodi a Città Giardino
Appointed21 February 2001
PredecessorSebastiano Baggio
Other posts
Ordination26 June 1949
Consecration28 February 1976
by Jean-Marie Villot
Created cardinal21 February 2001
Personal details
Born (1926-08-14) 14 August 1926 (age 92)
Novale, Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Amiternum (1976-2001)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Kenya (1976-1981)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India (1981-1985)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Nepal (1985-1990)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to United States of America (1990-1998)
  • President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (1998-2002)
Alma materPontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
MottoIn Virtute Dei
Coat of armsAgostino Cacciavillan's coat of arms
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Agostino Cacciavillan (born 14 August 1926) is an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Pro-Nuncio to Kenya, India, Nepal, and the United States between 1976 and 1998, and then served as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See from 1998 to 2002. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

Early life and priesthood[edit]

Cacciavillan was born in Novale di Valdagno. He studied at the seminary of Vicenza, and was ordained to the priesthood on 26 June 1949.[1] He then served as a curate for three years before furthering his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, from where he obtained a licentiate in social sciences, and at Sapienza University, earning a doctorate in jurisprudence.[2] Attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy as well, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1959.

Cacciavillan then served as secretary of the nunciature to the Philippines (1960–1964), of the nunciature to Spain (1964–1968), and of the nunciature to Portugal (1968).[2] From 1969 to 1974, he worked in the Vatican Secretariat of State, where he was also head of the Office of Information and Documentation. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate on 26 August 1973.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

On 17 January 1976, Cacciavillan was appointed Pro-Nuncio to Kenya and Apostolic Delegate to the Seychelles, as well as Titular Archbishop of Amiternum, by Pope Paul VI.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 21 February from Cardinal Jean-Marie Villot, with Archbishop Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy and Bishop Carlo Fanton serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He selected as his episcopal motto: "In Virtute Dei".[4]

As the papal ambassador in Kenya, Cacciavillan also served as Permanent Observer to the United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Human Settlements Programme.[2] Cacciavillan was later named Pro-Nuncio to India on 9 May 1981, and the first Pro-Nuncio to Nepal on 30 April 1985.[1] On 13 June 1990, he succeeded Archbishop Pio Laghi as Pro-Nuncio to the US. By virtue of this position, he was also Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States and the Holy See's representative to the World Association of Jurists.[2]

Cacciavillan while serving in the United States received a phone call from a woman in the months preceding John Paul II's visit to the United States in 1995. "I remember in 1994, during the preparation of the papal visit to New York, Newark and Baltimore," Cardinal Cacciavillan said, "I received a telephone call" at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington. He said the caller feared there would be a "media scandal if the pope goes to Newark," Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's diocese, because of "voices, voices (rumours) about McCarrick's behavior with seminarians." He claimed that he then forwarded it to Cardinal John O'Connor of New York, who supposedly conducted an investigation that yielded nothing. Cacciavillan said that he did not attempt to directly contact the Vatican.[5]

Within the Roman Curia[edit]

Pope John Paul II appointed Cacciavillan as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See on 5 November 1998.[1] According to Pastor Bonus, the Administration deals with the "properties owned by the Holy See in order to provide the funds necessary for the Roman Curia to function."[6] He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Angeli Custodi a Città Giardino in the consistory of 21 February 2001. He retired from his post as president on 1 October 2002.[1] Cacciavillan was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.[2] In accordance with the rules of Universi Dominici Gregis, he lost the right to vote in any further papal conclaves upon reaching the age of eighty in August 2006.

Following the elevation of Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos to the rank of Cardinal-Priest on 1 March 2008, Cacciavillan, as the longest serving Cardinal-Deacon (in order of appointment to the College of Cardinals), became Cardinal Protodeacon, whose special privilege it is to make the Habemus Papam announcement upon the conclusion of a papal conclave.[2] He lost this position on 21 February 2011, having opted for the order of Cardinal Priest, with his former diaconal church elevated to the level of cardinalitial title.[7] In the Roman Curia, he also held membership in the Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for Oriental Churches, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State. He lost these positions on reaching his 80th birthday.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Agostino Cardinal Cacciavillan". [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Miranda, Salvador. "CACCIAVILLAN, Agostino". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Archived from the original on 2 September 2000.
  3. ^ "CACCIAVILLAN Card. Agostino". Holy See. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Cacciavillan Agostino". CARDINALI E LORO TITOLI ODIERNI. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ Duncan, Robert (29 October 2018). "Former nuncio to US admits hearing rumors of McCarrick misconduct in 1994". The Catholic Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Pastor Bonus". Holy See. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  7. ^ Concistoro per il voto su alcune cause di canonizzazione 21.2.2011 Archived 20 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Cacciavillan, Agostino". Eternal Word Television Network. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Luciano Storero
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India
9 May 1981 – 13 Jun 1990
Succeeded by
Giorgio Zur
Preceded by
Pio Laghi
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States
13 June 1990 – 5 November 1998
Succeeded by
Gabriel Montalvo Higuera
as Apostolic Nuncio
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Lorenzo Antonetti
President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
5 November 1998 – 1 October 2002
Succeeded by
Attilio Nicora
Preceded by
Darío Castrillón Hoyos
Cardinal Protodeacon
1 March 2008 – 21 February 2011
Succeeded by
Jean-Louis Tauran