Guido del Mestri

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Guido del Mestri
Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Eustachio
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed28 June 1991
Term ended2 August 1993
PredecessorGiacomo Violardo
SuccessorSergio Sebastiani
Ordination11 April 1936
by Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani
Consecration31 December 1961
by Laurean Rugambwa
Created cardinal28 June 1991
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Guido del Mestri

(1911-01-13)13 January 1911
Died2 August 1993(1993-08-02) (aged 82)
Theresienklinik Hospital, Nürnberg, Germany
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Coat of armsGuido del Mestri's coat of arms

Guido del Mestri also Guido Del Mestri[1] (13 January 1911– 2 August 1993) was an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from 1940 to 1984. He was made a cardinal in 1991.


Guido del Mestri was born in Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then under Austro-Hungarian rule, on 13 January 1911 to an Italian father, Count Gian Vito Del Mestri, and an Austrian mother, Baroness Marianna de Grazia.[2][3] He grew up speaking Croatian, Italian, and German. He studied at the Jesuit Lyceum of Kalksburg, Vienna, and then at the Almo Collegio Capranica.[2] He also earned degrees in theology and canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.[4] He was ordained a priest on 11 April 1936 and joined the clergy of the Diocese of Gorizia, under Italian control since 1918.[2]

To prepare for a diplomat's career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1937.[5] His early assignments took him to Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Indonesia, and Germany, and included a stint in Rome.[2] He was expelled from Romania with the rest of the nunciature personnel in July 1950 when the country came under Communist rule.[6] He opened the new nunciature in Syria in 1951.[4]

On 21 September 1959, Pope John XXIII named him Apostolic Delegate to British Eastern and Western Africa.[7] Pope John named him titular archbishop of Tuscamia on 28 October 1961[8] and he received his episcopal consecration in Nairobi on 31 December[2] from Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa.

On 27 October 1965, Pope Paul VI appointed him Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Kenya.[9] On 9 September 1967, Pope Paul named him Apostolic Delegate to Mexico.[10] On 20 June 1970, Pope Paul appointed him Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Canada.[11] On 13 August 1975, Pope Paul named him Apostolic Nuncio to Germany.[12] He resigned in 1984.[3]

In January 1989, Pope John Paul made him a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church.[13]

He was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II on 28 June 1991.[14] The New York Times identified him as an Italian.[15]

He died at the Theresienklinik in Nuremberg, Germany, where in retirement he served as chaplain, on 2 August 1993.[4][6]


  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF) (in Latin). Vol. LIII. 1961. pp. 97, 540. Retrieved 25 April 2020. Vidone Dei Mestri, Apostolico in Africa Orientali et Occidentali Britannica Delegato
  2. ^ a b c d e "Još trojica kardinala iz hrvatske povijesti" [Three more cardinals from Croatian history] (in Bosnian). Informativna Katolička Agencija. 20 November 2003. Retrieved 25 April 2020. To je papinski diplomat, nezaboravni Guido Del Mestri.
  3. ^ a b "Guido Del Mestri". Der Spiegel (in German). 9 August 1993. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Lentz III, Harris M. (2015). Popes and Cardinals of the 20th Century: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 59–60. ISBN 9781476621555. Retrieved 25 April 2020. Guido del Mestri
  5. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Guido del Mestri, Cardinal, 82". New York Times. 9 August 1993. Retrieved 25 April 2020. Guido Cardinal del Mestri
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LII. 1960. p. 117. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  8. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LIII. 1961. p. 204. Retrieved 25 April 2020. Delegatum Apostolicum Africae Orientalis
  9. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LVII. 1965. p. 1023. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  10. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LX. 1968. p. 126. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  11. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXII. 1970. p. 474. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  12. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXVII. 1975. p. 507. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  13. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. LXXXI. 1989. pp. 390–1. Retrieved 22 August 2019. Guido Del Mestri
  14. ^ Haberman, Clyde (30 May 1991). "Pope Names 22 Cardinals; Chinese Prelate Is Identified". New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017. Guido Del Mestri
  15. ^ "Cardinals Named by Pope". New York Times. 30 May 1991. Retrieved 2 September 2017. Guido Del Mestri, 80, Italian papal diplomat

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