Francesco Marchisano

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His Eminence
Francesco Marchisano
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone
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Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 21 October 2003
Term ended 27 July 2014
Predecessor None; diaconate created
Successor Vacant
Ordination 29 June 1952
by Maurilio Fossati
Consecration 6 January 1989
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal 21 October 2003
by Pope John Paul II
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Francesco Marchisano
Born (1929-06-25)25 June 1929
Racconigi, Italy
Died 27 July 2014(2014-07-27) (aged 85)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto In caritate radicati et fundati ("Rooted and grounded in love")
Coat of arms Francesco Marchisano's coat of arms

Francesco Marchisano (25 June 1929 – 27 July 2014) was an Italian Cardinal who worked in the Roman Curia from 1956 until his death. Born in Racconigi, he was ordained a priest in Turin by Cardinal Maurilio Fossati in 1952.

He studied in Rome where he was offered his first Curial appointment by Cardinal Giuseppe Pizzardo. Rising through the Vatican dicastery (then the Sacred Congregation for Seminaries and Universities, now the Congregation for Catholic Education), he served as its Undersecretary from 1969 to 1988. He was also advanced to monsignor, becoming a Papal Chamberlain in 1961 and a Prelate of Honour in 1971.

On 6 October 1988, Pope John Paul II named him titular bishop of Populonia and consecrated him on 6 January 1989. He later served as president and Secretary of various Vatican organs. He was raised to archbishop on 9 July 1994.

His positions included:

Styles of
Francesco Marchisano
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Populonia (titular see)

In 2002 he was named to succeed Cardinal Virgilio Noè as Archpriest of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica, Vicar General for the State of Vatican City, and President of the Fabric of Saint Peter, positions reserved for a Cardinal. He was elevated at the next consistory in 2003 and became Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone. He was later named President of the Permanent Commission for the Care of the Historical and Artistic Monuments of the Holy See, serving from 8 March 2003 to 3 July 2009.

He passed the normal retirement age of 75 for Curial positions in 2004, though this is frequently waived. After the death of Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, Cardinal Marchisano was named on 5 February 2005 to succeed him as President of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See, retaining his other positions, while Archbishop Angelo Comastri was named to the unusual position of Coadjutor Archpriest of Saint Peter's and as Marchisano's successor Vicar General for the State of Vatican City, and President of the Fabric of Saint Peter.[1]

Cardinal Marchisano was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. In a funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II celebrated the day after his funeral, Cardinal Marchisano revealed that he had been cured of an illness of the throat after the late pope had prayed and touched him.[2]

On 31 October 2006, Pope Benedict named Angelo Comastri to succeed Cardinal Marchisano as Archpriest of St Peter's Basilica.[3] On 3 July 2009, Marchisano resigned as president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See and as president of the Permanent Commission for the Custody of Historical and Artistic Monuments of the Holy See.[4]

Cardinal Marchisano lost the right to participate in a papal conclave when he turned 80 on 25 June 2009. Following the conclave that elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Marchisano was one of the six cardinals who made the public act of obedience to the new pope on behalf of the College of Cardinals at the papal inauguration ceremony.[5][6] Having served 10 years as a cardinal-deacon, he was promoted to cardinal-priest by Pope Francis on 12 June 2014.[7]

Cardinal Marchisano died in Rome on 27 July 2014 at the age of 85.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts". Vatican Information Service. 7 February 2005. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Prayers of John Paul II led to cure, says Cardinal Marchisano". Catholic News Agency. 11 April 2005. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "OtherPontifical Acts". Vatican Information Service. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts". Vatican Information Service. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Rolandi, Luca (19 March 2013). "Il giorno di Papa Francesco: La messa di inizio pontificato in Piazza San Pietro" (in Italian). Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate (Vatican video of Pope Francis' papal inauguration on YouTube
  7. ^ "Assegnazione del titolo presbiterale ad alcuni cardinali diaconi creati nel consistoro del 21 ottobre 2003" (in Italian). 12 June 2014. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Decesso di Sua Eminenza il Cardinale Francesco Marchisano" (in Italian). Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Death of Cardinal Marchisano, former archpriest of St Peter's Basilica
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonio Innocenti
President of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church
4 May 1993 – 13 October 2003
Succeeded by
Mauro Piacenza
Preceded by
Virgilio Noè
Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City
24 April 2002 – 5 February 2005
Succeeded by
Angelo Comastri
Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica
24 April 2002 – 31 October 2006
President of the Fabric of Saint Peter
24 April 2002 – 28 August 2004
Preceded by
Jan Pieter Schotte
President of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See
5 February 2005 – 3 July 2009
Succeeded by
Giorgio Corbellini