Francesco Ragonesi

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Francesco Ragonesi
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Myra (titular see)

Francesco Cardinal Ragonesi S.T.D. J.U.D. (21 December 1850 – 14 September 1931) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and was the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Francesco Ragonesi was born in Bagnaia, Italy. He was educated at the seminary of Viterbo, and later at the Pio-Roman Seminary, and at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare, where he earned doctorates in philosophy, theology and a doctorate utroque iuris (in both canon and civil law).


He was ordained and worked in the diocese of Viterbo, where he did pastoral work and for twenty-five years served as a professor of history and Scripture in its seminary, as well as being elected vicar capitular of the diocese. Between 1885 and 1904 he was vicar general. He was created Domestic prelate of His Holiness on 12 June 1889. He was appointed Apostolic delegate and extraordinary envoy to Colombia on 7 September 1904; during his delegation, he favored the opening of the Panama Canal in that country.


He was appointed as titular archbishop of Myra on 16 September 1904 by Pope Pius X. He was consecrated on 25 September by Rafael Merry del Val, Cardinal Secretary of State. He served as Nuncio in Spain with faculties of legate a latere from 1913 until 1921.


He was created Cardinal-Priest of San Marcello in the consistory of 7 March 1921 by Pope Benedict XV. He participated in the conclave of 1922 that elected Pope Pius XI. He was appointed as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura by Pope Pius on 9 March 1926.


He died in 1931, in the mother-house of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Poggio a Caiano, Pistoia, where he had gone to recover his health. He is buried at the Campo Verano cemetery in Rome.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Augusto Silj
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
9 March 1926 – 14 September 1931
Succeeded by
Bonaventura Cerretti