Antonio Saverio De Luca

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Antonio Saverio De Luca
Prefect of the Congregation for Studies
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed13 August 1878
Term ended28 December 1883
PredecessorLorenzo Nina
SuccessorGiuseppe Pecci
Other posts
Ordination10 February 1839
by Antonio Luigi Piatti
Consecration8 December 1845
by Giacomo Filippo Fransoni
Created cardinal16 March 1863
by Pope Pius IX
RankCardinal-Priest (1863-78)
Cardinal-Bishop (1878-83)
Personal details
Birth nameAntonio Saverio De Luca
Born25 October 1805
Bronte, Kingdom of Sicily
Died28 December 1883(1883-12-28) (aged 78)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
ParentsVincenzo De Luca
Francesca Saitta
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Alma materUniversity of Louvain

Antonio Saverio De Luca (28 October 1805 – 28 December 1883) was an Italian bishop and prefect of the Pontifical Congregation for Studies as well as Cardinal-Priest of San Lorenzo in Damaso and Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina.


Born Bronte, Sicily, he was ordained on 10 February 1839, aged 33, as Priest of Monreale, Italy. On 24 November 1845 he was appointed as Bishop of Aversa. Two months later he was ordained as Bishop of Aversa.

On 22 December 1853, aged 48, he was appointed as Titular Archbishop of Tarsus. On 24 December 1853, aged 48, he was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Bavaria. On 9 September 1856 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Austria.

On 16 March 1863, aged 57, he was appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santi Quattro Coronati and elevated to the Cardinalate. On 15 July 1878, he was promoted Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina by Pope Leo XIII He was named Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church on the same day, and was granted the titular church of S. Lorenzo in Damaso held in commendam (under administration), a church to which a Vice-Chancellor was usually assigned. He was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Studies on 13 August 1878.

He died in Rome on 28 December 1883, aged 78.



  • Bräuer, Martin (2014), Handbuch der Kardinäle: 1846-2012 (in German), Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 71–72, ISBN 978-3-11-026947-5

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