Gustavo Testa

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His Eminence
Gustavo Testa
Cardinal-Priest of San Girolamo dei Croati
Appointed 14 December 1959
Term ended 28 February 1969
Predecessor Santiago Luis Copello
Successor Paolo Bertoli
Orders
Ordination 28 October 1910
Consecration 1 November 1934
by Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster
Created Cardinal 14 December 1959
by Pope John XXIII
Personal details
Born (1886-07-28)28 July 1886
Boltiere, Bergamo, Kingdom of Italy
Died 28 February 1969(1969-02-28) (aged 82)
Rome, Italy
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Amasea (1934-1959)
  • Apostolic Delegate to Egypt, Arabia, Eritrea, Abyssinia and Palestine (1934–1948)
  • Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem, Palestine, Transjordania, and Cyprus(1948–1953)
  • Nuncio to Switzerland (1953-1959)
  • Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches (1962-1968)
Motto Et patria et cor (The country and the heart)
Coat of arms Gustavo Testa's coat of arms
Styles of
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
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Gustavo Testa (28 July 1886 – 28 February 1969) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches from 1967 to 1968, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1959.

Biography[edit]

Born to a wealthy family in Boltiere, in the province of Bergamo, Testa attended the Pontifical Lateran University, Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare, and Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on 28 October 1910, and finished his studies in 1912. After a period of pastoral work in Bergamo and teaching at its seminary, Testa entered the Roman Curia, in the Secretariat of State, in 1920. He then served as Secretary of the nunciature to Austria until 1923. Testa was raised to the rank of Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on 28 October 1921, and later Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on 18 May 1923. He was also named auditor for the Bavarian nuniciature in 1927 before becoming counselor of the nunciature to Italy in 1929.

On 4 June 1934, Testa was appointed Titular Archbishop of Amasea and Apostolic Delegate to Egypt, Arabia, Eritrea, Abyssinia, and Palestine. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 1 November from Cardinal Ildefonso Schuster, OSB, with Bishops Adriano Bernareggi and Angelo Roncalli serving as co-consecrators. Testa was later named the first Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem, Palestine, Transjordania, and Cyprus on 11 February 1948, and Nuncio to Switzerland on 6 March 1953.

Pope John XXIII created him Cardinal-Priest of San Girolamo dei Croati in the consistory of 14 December 1959. On 4 October 1961, Cardinal Testa was made Pro-President of the Cardinalitial Commission for the Special Administration of Holy See. He was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Oriental Churches on 2 August 1962, and his position was renamed as Prefect of the same dicastery on 15 August 1967. From 1962 to 1965, he attended the Second Vatican Council. Cardinal Testa was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1963 papal conclave that selected Cardinal Montini as Pope Paul VI; during the conclave, Testa lost his temper and demanded that the deadlock be dissolved by allowing Montini's election.[1][2] He resigned as Prefect of Oriental Churches on 13 January 1968, and then as Pro-President of the Special Administration of Holy See on 7 May 1968.

Testa died in Rome at age 82, and is buried in Bergamo.

Pope John XXIII[edit]

Testa had been a close friend of Pope John XXIII, also from Bergamo, since they were schoolmates in Rome.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pham, John-Peter. "Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession". Oxford University Press, 2007
  2. ^ Weigel, George (21 April 2005). "Conclaves: Surprises abound in the Sistine Chapel". The Madison Catholic Herald Online. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ TIME Magazine. Eight New Hats 30 November 1959

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Valerio Valeri
Apostolic Delegate to Egypt, Arabia, Eritrea, Abyssinia, and Palestine
1934–1948
Succeeded by
Arthur Hughes, MAfr
Preceded by
none
Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem, Palestine, Transjordania, and Cyprus
1948–1953
Succeeded by
Silvio Oddi
Preceded by
Filippo Bernardini
Nuncio to Switzerland
1953–1959
Succeeded by
Alfredo Pacini
Preceded by
Gabriel Coussa, BA
Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches
1962–1968
Succeeded by
Maximilien de Fürstenberg