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Giovanni Urbani

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Giovanni Urbani
Cardinal, Patriarch of Venice
Cardinal Urbani in 1964
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed11 November 1958
Term ended17 September 1969
PredecessorAngelo Giuseppe Roncalli
SuccessorAlbino Luciani
Other post(s)
Ordination24 September 1922
by Pietro La Fontaine
Consecration8 December 1946
by Adeodato Giovanni Piazza
Created cardinal15 December 1958
by Pope John XXIII
Personal details
Giovanni Urbani

(1900-03-26)26 March 1900
Died17 September 1969(1969-09-17) (aged 69)
Venice, Italy
Previous post(s)
MottoIn misericordia Tua
Coat of armsGiovanni Urbani's coat of arms
Styles of
Giovanni Urbani
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Giovanni Urbani (26 March 1900 – 17 September 1969) was an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Patriarch of Venice from 1958 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1958. He was considered to be overly dependent upon his advisers.[1]


Giovanni Urbani was born in Venice to Angelo and Elisabetta (née Borghi) Urbani, and was an artilleryman during World War I.[2] After studying at the Patriarchal Seminary of Venice, he was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Pietro La Fontaine on 24 September 1922. Urbani then did pastoral work in Venice until 1925, furthered his studies for a year, and taught at the seminary from 1927 to 1945. He was raised to the rank of privy chamberlain of his holiness on 12 November 1936, and later domestic prelate of his holiness on 5 June 1943.

On 26 October 1946, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Axomis. Urbani received his episcopal consecration on the following 8 December from Cardinal Adeodato Giovanni Piazza, OCD, with Bishops Giovanni Jeremich and Carlo Zinato serving as co-consecrators, in St. Mark's Basilica. Until 1955, he served as secretary and national counselor of Azione Cattolica's Central Commission, which included instructing Italian parishes against communism.[2] Urbani was promoted to Titular Archbishop of Sardes on 27 November 1948, and was later made Bishop of Verona, with the personal title of archbishop, on 14 April 1955.

Pope John XXIII named Urbani to succeed him as Patriarch of Venice on 11 November 1958. He was the first native Venetian to become patriarch since Cardinal Ludovico Flangini Giovanelli (1801–1804), and was created Cardinal-Priest of S. Prisca by Pope John in the consistory of 15 December of that same year. His cardinalatial title was later changed to Cardinal Priest of S. Marco on 19 March 1962. From 1962 to 1965, the Cardinal attended the Second Vatican Council. He was also one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1963 papal conclave, which selected Pope Paul VI. Because of his moderate views, Urbani was widely seen as papabile at the conclave.[3] In 1964, he prohibited Venetian priests and nuns from attending the Venice Biennale due to the nudism in its exhibitions.[4]

Urbani died from a heart attack in Venice at age 69.[3] He is buried in St. Mark's Basilica.

Papal election[edit]


  1. ^ "Election Trends". Time. 14 June 1963.
  2. ^ a b "The New Cardinals". Time. 22 December 1958.
  3. ^ a b "Milestones". Time. 26 September 1969.
  4. ^ "Pop Goes the Biennale". Time. 3 July 1964.
  5. ^ Pham, John-Peter. Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession. Oxford University Press, 2007

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Verona
Succeeded by
Preceded by Patriarch of Venice
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Italian Episcopal Conference
Succeeded by