Carlo Furno

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Carlo Furno
Grand Master Emeritus of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Carlo Furno.jpg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed21 December 1995
Term ended27 June 2007
PredecessorGiuseppe Caprio
SuccessorJohn Patrick Foley
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Sant'Onofrio (2006-15)
Ordination25 June 1944
by Paolo Rostagno
Consecration16 September 1973
by Paolo Bertoli
Created cardinal26 November 1994
by Pope John Paul II
RankCardinal-Deacon (1994-2005)
Cardinal-Priest (2006-15)
Personal details
Birth nameCarlo Furno
Born2 December 1921
Bairo, Kingdom of Italy
Died9 December 2015(2015-12-09) (aged 94)
Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic, Rome, Italy
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Alma mater
MottoArdere et lucere
Coat of armsCarlo Furno's coat of arms
Styles of
Carlo Furno
Coat of arms of Carlo Furno OESSJ.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Carlo Furno (2 December 1921 – 9 December 2015) was an Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church.

Early life and career[edit]

Furno was born in Bairo, Piedmont in 1921. He was educated at the diocesan College at Ivrea and later at the Seminary of Ivrea, where he studied philosophy and theology. He was sent to the Theological Faculty, Crocetto Salesian Athenaeum in Turin, 1948–1949 and later the Pontifical Roman Seminary, Rome where he took a doctorate in utroque iure, both canon and civil law, 1953). Furno was summoned to the elite Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome from 1951–1953 where he took practical courses in diplomacy. After his priestly ordination on 25 June 1944[1] and six years of pastoral work in his home diocese, he began a career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

He worked in a subordinate role in Colombia, Ecuador to and Jerusalem, and then in the Secretariat of State. Following these assignments episcopal consecration on 16 September 1973,[1] he served as Apostolic Nuncio (Papal Ambassador) successively to Peru, Lebanon, Brazil and Italy.[2][3]


He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Sacro Cuore di Cristo Re on 26 November 1994. After ten years he opted to become Cardinal Priest of that church. From 2005 until his death in late 2015 he was Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Onofrio, in recognition that the church is the Order's headquarters after the 15 August 1948, motu proprio of Pius XII establishing that the Order's headquarters should be transferred from Jerusalem to Rome. Pope John Paul II appointed him Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem on 16 December 1995. The aforementioned Order, like the Knights of Malta, is a member of many international bodies and has observer status at others (such as the United Nations).

Cardinal Furno resigned this office in June 2007 and was succeeded by American Archbishop John Patrick Foley, who had been serving as the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, an important department of the Roman Curia.[4]

Cardinal Furno died on 9 December 2015 at the age of 94.[5]


  1. ^ a b Vicariatus Urbis Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ College of Cardinals Collection
  3. ^ Holy See Press Office Archived 21 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  5. ^ "Morto il cardinale Carlo Furno, già Nunzio apostolico in Italia". La Stampa (in Italian). 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Carmine Rocco
Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil
21 August 1982 – 15 April 1992
Succeeded by
Alfio Rapisarda
Preceded by
Luigi Poggi
Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and San Marino
15 April 1992 – 26 November 1994
Succeeded by
Francesco Colasuonno
Preceded by
Ugo Poletti
Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
29 September 1997 – 27 May 2004
Succeeded by
Bernard Francis Cardinal Law
Preceded by
Giuseppe Caprio
Croix de l Ordre du Saint-Sepulcre.svg Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
21 December 1995 – 27 June 2007
Succeeded by
John Patrick Foley