Fulco Luigi Ruffo-Scilla

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Fulco Luigi Ruffo-Scilla (6 April 1840 – 29 May 1895) was a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church. He was elevated in 1891.

Ruffo-Scilla was born in Palermo, Sicily. He was the son of Fulco Ruffo, 9th prince of Scilla, and Eleonora Galletti.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at the Roman Seminary where he received a licentiate in theology on 3 September 1860. He was ordained a priest of 20 September 1892 in Rome. He continued his studies, receiving a licentiate in utroque iure (both civil and canon law) on 15 July 1864. He was appointed a Domestic prelate of His Holiness on 13 March 1868 by Pope Pius IX. He was advanced to the level of Protonotary apostolic ad instar participantium on 26 March 1873.


He was appointed as archbishop of Chieti-Vasto. He was consecrated on 6 January 1878. He was named an Assistant at the Pontifical Throne, on 21 June 1881. He was transferred to the titular see of Petra and appointed nuncio to the Kingdom of Bavaria on 23 May 1887.


He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Traspontina in the consistory of 14 December 1891 by Pope Leo XIII. He was appointed as Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals, succeeding Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro on 18 May 1894, holding the post until 18 March 1895. He died at the age of 55 on 29 May 1895.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Luigi Maria de Marinis
Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto
28 December 1877 - 23 May 1887
Succeeded by
Rocco Cocchia
Preceded by
Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro
Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
18 May 1894 - 18 March 1895
Succeeded by
Angelo di Pietro