Alessandro Sanminiatelli Zabarella

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Alessandro Sanminiatelli Zabarella
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Alessandro Sanminiatelli Zabarella (3 August 1840 – 24 November 1910) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as Latin Patriarch of Constantinople from 1889 until 1901,[1] when he was elevated to the cardinalate.


Sanminiatelli Zabarella was born in Radicondoli to Count Ferdinando Sanminiatelli Zabarella and his wife Leopolda Pescatori di Peccioli. He studied at the Archiepiscopal College-Seminary of Pisa, and entered the Almo Collegio Capranica in Rome in 1857. From the Pontifical Roman Seminary he obtained his doctorates in philosophy (1860) and in theology (1864).

Zabarella was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Cosimo Corsi on 6 September 1863, and attended La Sapienza University, earning his doctorate in canon law in 1866. From 1861 to 1868 he studied at the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Nobles, also in Rome. He was raised to the rank of Privy Chamberlain supernumerary in 1867, and Privy chamberlain participantium in 1868. He later became a canon of St. Peter's Basilica.

On 31 July, 1874, Zabarella was appointed Grand Almoner of His Holiness and Titular Archbishop of Tyana, receiving his episcopal consecration on the following 14 August from Pope Pius IX himself. He was later named President of the Holy See's Judicial Commission on 23 August 1887, and Auditor-General of the Apostolic Chamber on 29 November 1887.

Pope Leo secretly (in pectore) elevated him to the College of Cardinals in the consistory of 19 June 1899, in advance of his appointment as Latin Patriarch of Constantinople three days later, on 22 June. Zabarella was eventually published as Cardinal-Priest of Santi Marcellino e Pietro on 15 April 1901. He served as Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals from 22 June 1903 to 27 March 1905, and participated in the papal conclave of 1903, which selected Pope Pius X.

Cardinal Sanminiatelli Zabarella died in Monte Castello, at the age of 70. He is buried in the Campo Verano cemetery.

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  1. ^ "Titular Patriarchal See of Constantinople". Giga-Catholic Information. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Casali del Drago
Latin Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Carlo Nocella
Preceded by
Francesco di Paola Cassetta
Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
Succeeded by
François-Désiré Mathieu