Ernest Simoni

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Ernest Simoni
Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria della Scala
Cardinal Ernest Simoni in 2016.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Shkodër-Pult
ProvinceShkoder-Pult
MetropolisArchdiocese of Shkodër-Pult
DioceseShkodër-Pult
Appointed19 November 2016
Installed11 February 2017
PredecessorStanisław Nagy
Orders
Ordination7 April 1956
Created cardinal19 November 2016
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Birth nameErnest Simoni
Born (1928-10-18) 18 October 1928 (age 91)
Troshani, Albania
NationalityAlbanian
DenominationCatholic (Latin Rite)
MottoZemra Jeme Dotë Triumfojë
Coat of armsErnest Simoni's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Ernest Simoni
History
Priestly ordination
Date7 April 1956
Cardinalate
Elevated byPope Francis
Date19 November 2016
Styles of
Ernest Simoni
Coat of arms of Ernest Simoni.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Ernest Simoni Troshani (born 18 October 1928) is an Albanian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

He was created a cardinal in a consistory held on 19 November 2016 by Pope Francis.[1]

Life[edit]

Ernest Simoni was born in 1928.

He entered the Franciscan seminary in 1938 while remaining there until 1948 when the Communist regime of Enver Hoxha closed the college in a wave of anti-religious sentiment and persecution. He was ordained to the priesthood on 7 April 1956.

On 24 December 1963 he was imprisoned by the Communist authorities because he celebrated a Mass in memory of assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was converted into a prison term and he spent 28 years at penal labour, first in a mine and then in a sewage canal.[2] By the late 1990s, he exercised his ministry in several Albanian villages.

On 21 September 2014 he met Pope Francis during his apostolic visit to Albania and provided the pope with his own testimony on his experiences under the Communist regime.[3]

On 9 October 2016,[4] Pope Francis announced that he would create Simoni a cardinal in the consistory held on 19 November of the same year.[5] He was given special dispensation not to be consecrated a bishop prior to the consistory.

At the consistory, he was assigned the titular church of Santa Maria della Scala.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Il Papa annuncia un concistoro per il 19 novembre" (in Italian). La Stampa. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ Glatz, Carol (11 October 2016). "This priest's story of persecution brought Pope Francis to tears. Now he's making him a cardinal". America. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Paoline Ufficio Stampa – Don Ernest Simoni". paoline.it. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Mgr Ernest Simoni, simple curé nommé cardinal albanais". lalibre.be. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Da sacerdote a cardinale: ecco chi è Ernest Simoni, uno dei 17 nuovi porporati voluti dal Papa" (in Italian). ilsole24ore.com. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Stanislaw Nagy
Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria della Scala
19 November 2016– present
Succeeded by
incumbent