Efrem Forni

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Efrem Forni
Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Luxembourg
Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Belgium
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed9 November 1953
Term ended19 March 1962
PredecessorFernando Cento
SuccessorSilvio Angelo Pio Oddi
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (1962-76)
Ordination6 July 1913
Consecration20 February 1938
by Eugenio Pacelli
Created cardinal19 March 1962
by Pope John XXIII
Personal details
Efrem Leone Pio Forni

10 January 1889
Died26 February 1976(1976-02-26) (aged 87)
Agostino Gemelli University Policlinic, Rome, Italy
BuriedSan Francesco, Gallarante, Milan, Italy
ParentsEnrico Giancarlo Forni
Angela Ambrosoli
Previous post(s)
Alma materUniversity of Milan
Pontifical Gregorian University
Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
MottoArdere et lucere perfectum
Styles of
Efrem Forni
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Efrem Leone Pio Forni (10 January 1889 – 26 February 1976) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Nuncio to Belgium and Internuncio to Luxembourg from 1953 to 1962, and was elevated to the Cardinalate in 1962.


Born in Milan, the second son of Don Enrico Giancarlo Forni and Donna Angela Ambrosoli, Efrem Leone Pio Forni studied at the University of Milan, and the Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on 6 July 1913, and then taught at the archiepiscopal college of Cantù and at the college of d'Arona until 1921. Msgr. Forni was secretary (1921-1926) and later auditor (1926-1928) of the Portuguese nunciature. In the French nunciature, he was auditor (1928) and counselor (1937). He was raised to the rank of Honorary Chamberlain on 18 October 1921, Privy Chamberlain on 20 June 1923, and finally Domestic Prelate on 20 June 1937.

On 27 November 1937 Msgr. Forni was appointed Nuncio to Ecuador and Titular Archbishop of Darnis. He received his episcopal consecration on 20 February 1938 from Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, (elected Pope in 1939) with Archbishops Alberto Levame and Luigi Traglia serving as co-consecrators, in the church of San Carlo al Corso in Rome. After serving as papal legate to the 1949 National Eucharistic Congress and Nuncio in Ecuador from 1938 till 1953. Forni was named Nuncio to Belgium and Internuncio to Luxembourg on 9 November 1953. On 8 July 1956, he again served as a papal legate, this time to bestow the Golden Rose on the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. He was "Bali' Cavaliere di Gran Croce d'Onore e Devozione" of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and of many other Orders of Chivalry.

In 1962 Pope John XXIII created him Cardinal Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, and he resigned his diplomatic posts. From 1962 to 1965, Efrem Cardinal Forni attended the Second Vatican Council, during the course of which he participated in the 1963 papal conclave that selected Pope Paul VI.

Cardinal Efrem Leone Pio Forni died in Rome, at age 87. He is buried in the church of St. Francis Church in Gallarate (near Milan) in the left side of the high Altar, and not in his old family grave in Milan.


Additional sources
  • "Sketches of Men Named Cardinals" (PDF). New York Times. 18 February 1962.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Nuncio to Ecuador
Succeeded by
Preceded by Nuncio to Belgium
Succeeded by
Preceded by Internuncio to Luxembourg
Succeeded by