Edward Henry Howard

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Edward Henry Cardinal Howard
Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati
Appointed24 March 1884
Term ended16 September 1892
PredecessorFilippo Maria Guidi
SuccessorTommaso Maria Zigliara
Other post(s)Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica
Ordination8 December 1854
Consecration30 June 1872
by Carlo Sacconi
Created cardinal12 March 1877
by Pope Pius IX
Personal details
Born(1829-02-13)13 February 1829
Hainton, Nottingham, England
Died16 September 1892(1892-09-16) (aged 63)
Hatch Beauchamp, Brighton, Sussex, England
BuriedFitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Sussex, England
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
ParentsEdward Giles Howard and Frances Anne Heneage
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Edward Henry Howard (13 February 1829 – 16 September 1892) was an English Catholic priest and archbishop, who was made a cardinal in 1877.[1][2] He was a relative of the Dukes of Norfolk.

Howard is in the episcopal lineage of Pope Francis.


Howard was the son of Edward Gyles Howard, by his marriage to Frances Anne Heneage, and was educated at St Mary's College, Oscott. His father was the son of Edward Charles Howard, the youngest brother of Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk.[3] His father's sister Julia Barbara Howard was married to Henry Stafford-Jerningham, 9th Baron Stafford, from 1829 until she died in 1856.[4]

After a short stint of service as a British Army officer with the Life Guards, during which he commanded the detachment escorting the hearse at the Duke of Wellington's funeral in 1852,[5] Howard resigned his commission to study for the priesthood at the Academy of Noble Ecclesiastics in Rome, and was ordained a priest in 1854. He served as a missionary in Goa, Portuguese India. After his return to Rome, he continued to work with Englishmen who wished to convert from Anglicanism to the Church of Rome. In June 1871, he was made titular Archbishop of Neocaesaria in partibus and assistant bishop to the Cardinal Bishop of Frascati.

Howard was promoted to Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Giovanni e Paolo on 12 March 1877 and in 1878 appointed Protector of the English College at Rome, an institution to which he later left his valuable library. For about a year, he was papal envoy to Goa, India, to negotiate between the British and the Portuguese authorities the settlement of the problems concerning the ecclesiastical government of the Province of Goa. He wanted to become a missionary in the East but the Pope Pius IX insisted that he stay in Rome. He served in pastoral ministry in Rome as confessor of the poor and the soldiers. In December 1881 he became Archpriest of Saint Peter's Basilica. On 24 March 1884 he became Cardinal-Bishop of the suburbicarian diocese of Frascati.

In failing health, he retired to Brighton shortly before his death, which occurred on 16 September 1892. He is buried at the Fitzalan Chapel in Arundel, West Sussex.



  1. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "Edward Henry Howard". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Edward Henry Cardinal Howard". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage, vol. 2 (2003), page 2,911
  4. ^ Stafford, Baron (E 1640) at cracroftspeerage.co.uk, accessed 14 April 2020
  5. ^ Sir George Arthur "Concerning Queen Victoria and her Son" (London 1943), p. 69
  6. ^ The Royal Tourist—Kalakaua's Letters Home from Tokio to London. Editor: Richard A. Greer. Date: 10 March 1881

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Ordination history of
Edward Henry Howard
Priestly ordination
Date8 December 1854
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorCarlo Sacconi
Co-consecratorsSalvatore Nobili Vitelleschi Frédéric-François-Xavier Ghislain de Mérode
Date30 June 1872
Date12 March 1877
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Edward Henry Howard as principal consecrator
Pietro Pace1877
George Rigg1878
Christophore Cosandey1880
Federico Pietro Foschi1880
Casimiro Gennari1881
Alfonso Maria Giordano1881
Robert Aston Coffin1882
Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro1882
Giovanni Battista Mantovano1883
Johannes Joseph Koppes1883
Vincenzo Addessi1884
Stanislao Maria de Luca1884
Pasquale Maria Jaderosa1884
Federico Pizza1884
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Titular Archbishop of Neocaesarea in Ponto
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mariano Barrio Fernández
Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Succeeded by
Placido Maria Schiaffino
Preceded by Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati
Succeeded by