He studied theology and canon law, and after acting as parish priest in his native diocese for twelve years was sent by the pope to Canada as a bishop's chaplain. On his return he was appointed secretary to the Congregation of the Propaganda.
In 1887 he again visited India, to carry out the terms of the concordat arranged with Portugal. The same year he was appointed secretary of the Congregation super negotiis ecclesiae extraordinariis. In 1889 he became papal Apostolic Nuncio to Bavaria at Munich and in 1892 at Vienna. Allowing himself to be involved in the ecclesiastical disputes that divided Hungary in 1895, he was made the subject of formal complaint by the Hungarian government and in 1896 was recalled.
In the consistory of 1896 he was elevated to Cardinal-Priest of Santi Nereo e Achilleo. In 1899 he was made Cardinal Bishop of Albano. In 1903, he was named vice-chancellor of the Catholic Church, and became the Chancellor of the Apostolic Chancery in the Secretariat of State in 1908.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Agliardi, Antonio". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 377.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Agliardi, Antonio". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). London & New York. p. 71.
|Catholic Church titles|
himself as Vice Chancellor
|Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church
Ottavio Cagiano de Azevedo
|Apostolic Delegate to the East Indies
23 Sep 1884 - 9 May 1887