James Michael Harvey

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James Michael Harvey
Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
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See Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Appointed November 23, 2012
Predecessor Francesco Monterisi
Other posts Cardinal-Deacon of San Pio V a Villa Carpegna
Ordination June 29, 1975
by Pope Paul VI
Consecration March 19, 1998
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal November 24, 2012
by Pope Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Born (1949-10-20) October 20, 1949 (age 68)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
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James Michael Harvey (born October 20, 1949) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church serving in the office of Cardinal.


Harvey was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 20, 1949. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on June 29, 1975, by Pope Paul VI in Rome.

Harvey studied at St. Francis Seminary, and was then sent to Rome where he resided at the Pontifical North American College while studying for a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also studied diplomacy at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. Besides his native English, he speaks Italian, German, French, and Spanish.[1]

Harvey entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on March 25, 1980. He served as attaché in the apostolic nunciature in the Dominican Republic from 1980 until 1981 and then as secretary from 1981 to 1982. On July 10, 1982, he went to work at the Secretariat of State. He was named assessor of the Secretariat of State on July 22, 1997.

On February 7, 1998, he was named Prefect of the Papal Household by Pope John Paul II, who consecrated him a bishop of the titular see of Memphis (Egypt) on March 19, 1998. In 1999 Harvey was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the President of the Republic.[2]

John Paul II elevated him to archbishop on September 29, 2003.[3][4][5]

He was appointed Archpriest of St Paul Outside the Walls, one of the four major basilicas in Rome, on November 23, 2012.[6] One day later he was created a Cardinal-Deacon of San Pio V a Villa Carpegna by Pope Benedict XVI. On December 22, 2012, Cardinal Harvey was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for a five-year renewable term.[7] On January 31, 2013, Cardinal Harvey was appointed a Member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.[8]

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leonardo Sandri
Assessor for General Affairs
July 22, 1997 – February 7, 1998
Succeeded by
Pedro Lopez Quintana
Preceded by
Dino Monduzzi
Prefect of the Prefecture of the Papal Household
February 7, 1998 – November 23, 2012
Succeeded by
Georg Gänswein
Preceded by
Francesco Monterisi
Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
November 23, 2012 – present