Fabrizio Sceberras Testaferrata

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His Eminence
Fabrizio Sceberras Testaferrata
Cardinal Bishop of Senigallia
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Cardinal Sceberras Testaferrata
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Senigallia
Installed 6 April 1818
Term ended 3 August 1843
Predecessor Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola della Genga
Successor Antonio Maria Cagiano de Azevedo
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Pudenziana
Ordination 1802
Consecration 21 December 1802
Created Cardinal 1818
by Pope Pius VII
Rank Cardinal
Personal details
Born (1757-04-01)April 1, 1757
Valletta, Malta
Died August 3, 1843(1843-08-03) (aged 86)
Senigallia, Italy
Buried Senigallia Cathedral
Nationality  Maltese
Parents Pasquale Sceberras Testaferrata
Lucrezia Dorell
Previous post Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland (1803-1815)
Secretary of the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars (1815-1818)

Fabrizio Sceberras Testaferrata (1 April 1757 - 3 August 1843) was a Maltese Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Senigallia from 1818 until his death in 1843.


Testaferrata was born in Valletta, Malta on 1 April 1757. He was ordained as a priest in 1802 at the age of 44. That year he was appointed titular Archbishop of Berytus and was consecrated to the episcopate by Cardinal Giuseppe Doria Pamphili on the 21 of December 1802.[1] In 1803, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and served until 1815 when he was chosen as Secretary of the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars. He was elevated to Cardinal In Pectore in 1816 and made Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana in 1818 and was the first ever Maltese to receive that title. That same year, on April 6, he was appointed as the ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Senigallia in Italy. Testaferrata participated in various conclaves that elected the Pope including the conclave of 1823, which elected Pope Leo XII, 1829, which elected Pope Pius VIII and the conclave of 1830-1831, which elected Pope Gregory XVI.[2] He died on 3 August 1843 and was buried in the Cathedral of Senigallia.

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  1. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ Cassar, Peter. "Maltese cardinal in past conclaves", The Times of Malta, Malta, 20 April 2005. Retrieved on 6 December 2013.

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