Corrado Ursi

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His Eminence

Corrado Ursi
Cardinal, Archbishop of Naples
See Naples
Installed May 23, 1966
Term ended May 9, 1987
Predecessor Alfonso Castaldo
Successor Michele Giordano
Other posts Bishop of Nardò (1951-61)
Archbishop of Acerenza (1961-66)
Ordination July 25, 1931
Consecration September 30, 1951
Created Cardinal June 26, 1967
Personal details
Born (1908-07-26)July 26, 1908
Died August 29, 2003(2003-08-29) (aged 95)
Styles of
Corrado Ursi
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Naples

Corrado Ursi (July 26, 1908 – August 29, 2003) was an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Naples from 1966 to 1987, and was created a cardinal in 1967, given the titular church of San Callisto.[1]


Corrado Ursi was born in Andria, the son of a baker.[2] He was baptized the day after his birth at the parish of San Agostino.[3] After attending the seminary of Andria, he studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Molfetta.[3] He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Molfetta on July 25, 1931.[4]

Shortly after his ordination, he became vice-rector of the Pontifical Regional Seminary of Molfetta.[3] He was named rector a few months later, serving in that post until 1951. He did pastoral work in several Italian dioceses during the summer recesses, and became active in Azione Cattolica.[3] He was named a Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on July 15, 1943.[3]

In 1951, Pope Pius XII appointed Corrado Ursi bishop of Nardò, a post that he held for 10 years. In 1961, he was transferred to the diocese of Acerenza by Pope John XXIII. In 1966 Pope Paul VI appointed him archbishop of Naples.

Ursi died on August 29, 2003. At the time of his death he was one of the last two surviving Cardinals elevated by Pope Paul VI in the 1967 Consistory, along with Pope John Paul II, leaving Pope John Paul II the lone surviving member of that Consistory.


  1. ^ Cardinal Title S. Callisto
  2. ^ "The September Pope". TIME Magazine. 1978-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Miranda, Salvador. "URSI, Corrado (1908-2003)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. 
  4. ^ "Corrado Cardinal Ursi". 

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