Ferdinando Giuseppe Antonelli

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Cardinal Ferdinando Antonelli

Ferdinando Giuseppe Antonelli O.F.M. (14 July 1896 – 12 July 1993)[1] was an Italian cardinal. He was the last living cardinal to have been born in the 19th century.


Born in Subbiano, Italy, Antonelli joined the Order of Friars Minor in Florence in 1909, becoming a Professed Member of the Order of Friars Minor in April 1914. He served in the Italian military during World War I. On 25 July 1922 he was ordained a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor. In 1965 Antonelli was appointed Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of Rites. Antonelli was a Faculty member of the Pontifical Antonianum Athenaeum, Rome, from 1928 to 1965, was Rector Magnifico from 1937 to 1943, and 1953 to 1959. He was the General Definitor of his order from 1939 to 1945. Antonelli attended the Vatican Council II from 1962 to 1965 as an expert.[2]

On 19 February 1966 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Idicra and was consecrated on 9 March 1966. On 7 May 1969 Antonelli was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and on 5 March 1973 he was elevated to Cardinal-Deacon of San Sebastiano al Palatino, on the same day resigning as Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

He was appointed Cardinal-Priest of San Sebastiano al Palatino on 2 February 1983, and was the Secretary Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints from 5 March 1973 until his death in Rome age nearly 97 in 1993.[3] He was buried in La Pietà chapel, in the Franciscan shrine of La Verna.


  1. ^ "Antonelli, Ferdinando Giuseppe". Who Was Who in America, 1993–1996, vol. 11. New Providence, N.J.: Marquis Who's Who. 1996. p. 7. ISBN 0837902258. 
  2. ^ Chapeau, O.S.B., André and Charles N. Bransom. "Franciscan bishops." Franciscan Studies, XLVIII (1988), 310; Giampietro, Nicola. Il cardinale Giuseppe Ferdinando Antonelli e gli sviluppi della riforma liturgica dal 1948 al 1970. Romae : [s.n.], 1996. (Thesis ad lauream ; n. 229; Variation: Thesis ad lauream (Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo) ; n. 229)
  3. ^ "Ferdinando Giuseppe Cardinal Antonelli, O.F.M". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. [self-published source]

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