Domenico Enrici

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Domenico Enrici (9 April 1909 – 3 December 1997) was an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who spent his career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.



Domenico Enrici was born on 9 April 1909 in Cervasca, Province of Cuneo, Italy. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cuneo on 29 June 1933.

To prepare for a career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See he completed the course of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1935.[1] His early assignments included a stint in Ireland beginning in 1938[2] and in Taiwan in the mid 1950s.[3]

On 17 September 1955, Pope Pius XII appointed him Titular Archbishop of Ancusa and Apostolic Internuncio to Indonesia. Giovanni Montini, the Archbishop of Milan, consecrated him a bishop on 1 November. On 30 January 1958, he was named Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. Pope John XXIII appointed him Apostolic Internuncio to Japan on 5 January 1960. On 1 October 1962, Pope John named him Apostolic Delegate to Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania.

He participated in the first and third sessions of Second Vatican Council.

On 26 April 1969, Pope Paul VI appointed him Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain.[citation needed] He snubbed Mervyn Stockwood, Church of England Bishop of Southwark, at a charity dinner because Stockwood had praised the work of birth control clinics.[4]

On 16 July 1973, he joined the staff of the Secretariat of State,[citation needed] but his work was not limited to Rome. He was described as a "roving ambassador ... on an inspection trip" when he visited Taiwan in February 1974.[3] He represented the Holy See at the enthronement of Spain's King Juan Carlos and the coronation of the Central African Empire's Emperor Bokassa.[5] He was also acting president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1974–1975.[6]

He retired on 1 December 1979.[citation needed] He died on 3 December 1997.[7]


  1. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1900 – 1949" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ Cooney, John (2000). John Charles McQuaid: Ruler of Catholic Ireland. Syracuse University Press. pp. 207, 232.
  3. ^ a b "Events from day to day". Taiwan Today. 1 April 1974. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  4. ^ Noel, Gerard (28 December 2002). "A congregation of clergymen". The Spectator. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  5. ^ Titley, Brian (2002). Dark Age: The Political Odyssey of Emperor Bokassa. McGill–Queen's University Press. p. 92.
  6. ^ "Presidenti" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Necrologio". Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF) (in Italian). Vol. XC. 1998. p. 80.

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