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Lodovico Altieri

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Ludovico Altieri
Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed19 March 1857
Term ended11 August 1867
PredecessorTommaso Riario Sforza
SuccessorFilippo de Angelis
Other post(s)
Ordination24 March 1833
by Costantino Patrizi Naro
Consecration17 July 1836
by Pope Gregory XVI
Created cardinal
  • 14 December 1840 (in pectore)
  • 21 April 1845 (announced)

by Pope Gregory XVI
  • Cardinal-Priest (1845–60)
  • Cardinal-Bishop (1860–67)
Personal details
Ludovico Altieri

(1805-07-17)17 July 1805
Died11 August 1867(1867-08-11) (aged 62)
Albano Laziale, Rome, Papal States
Previous post(s)
Ordination history of
Lodovico Altieri
Priestly ordination
Ordained byCostantino Patrizi Naro
Date23 March 1833
PlaceRome, Papal States
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPope Gregory XVI
Co-consecratorsGiovanni Soglia Ceroni
Giovanni Giacomo Sinibaldi
Date16 July 1836
PlaceSaint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Papal States
Elevated byPope Gregory XVI
  • 14 December 1840 (in pectore)
  • 21 April 1845 (announced)
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Lodovico Altieri as principal consecrator
Juraj Haulík Váralyai10 December 1837
Luigi Guglielmi10 May 1840
Gregorio Fistilli7 December 1845
Giovanni Corti25 April 1847
Francesco Emilio Cugini28 March 1852
Gaetano Bedini4 July 1852
Giuseppe Cardoni7 November 1852
Giovanni Francesco Magnani14 October 1855
Nicola Pace14 October 1855
Pietro Maria Ferrè29 March 1857
José Ignacio Checa y Barba29 December 1861
Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano13 May 1866
Antonio Rossi Vaccari1 June 1866
Antonius Grech-Delicata-Testaferrata14 July 1867

Lodovico Altieri (17 July 1805 – 11 August 1867) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal.[1] He served in various capacities under various popes and belonged to a noble Roman house making him a descendant of Pope Clement X.

The beatification process commenced under Pope Benedict XVI and Altieri has been titled as a Servant of God.


Lodovico Altieri was born in Rome in 1805 as the last of three children to Paluzzo Altieri (July 7,1760- October 1.1834) and Maria Anna von Sachsen (October 20, 1770- December 24, 1845). His two older siblings were Clemente (June.8.1795-June 21, 1873) and Augusto (1797-1860) who became a Jesuit. His father served from 1801 until his death as the commander for the Papal Noble Guard after Pope Pius VII named him to that position. His brother Clemente succeeded their father in that role. He was baptized in the parish of San Marco mere moments after his birth.

He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on 24 March 1833.

He was named after his ordination as the qualificator for the Congregation of the Inquisition while he served as the vicar for the Santa Maria in Via Lata school.[1] During this time he also served as the aide for the Congregation of Studies. His rise through the ranks continued after he was appointed as the Titular Archbishop of Ephesus; he received his episcopal consecration from the pope himself in Saint Peter's Basilica. The co-consecrators were Giovanni Soglia Ceroni and Giovanni Giacomo Sinibaldi.

He was also appointed as the apostolic nuncio to Austria just after his consecration.[1] His aide in the nunciature was the future cardinal Gaetano Bedini. It was he who encouraged Bedini to expose himself to the Church's diplomatic atmosphere.

The pope created him as a cardinal but reserved him in pectore on 14 December 1840. His name was not announced until 21 April 1845 and he was made the Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Campitelli (the diaconate was elevated pro hac vice to a titular rank).[1]

He participated in the conclave in 1846 that elected Pope Pius IX.[1] In that conclave he supported the candidature of Cardinal Mastai-Ferretti which formed a knit group among cardinals such as Clarissimo Falconieri Mellini and Luigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso.[2] The disorder in 1848 saw Altieri flee with Pius IX to Gaeta. Pius IX held Altieri in great esteem and Altieri proved himself the center of opposition within the cardinalate to Giacomo Antonelli. Altieri was a member of the Red Triumvirate that governed Rome between 1849 and 1850 after the short-lived Roman Republic together with cardinals Luigi Vannicelli Casoni and Gabriele Sermattei della Genga.

He was the aide for the Congregation for Memorials from 1855 to 1857 and was later appointed Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church on 19 March 1857; the cardinal held that position until his death.[1] He later opted for the order of Cardinal-Bishops and assumed the suburbicarian see of Albano on 17 December 1860. He was later appointed as the Prefect of the Congregation of the Index on 5 September 1861 and then appointed as the archpriest for the Basilica of Saint John Lateran on 8 March 1863.[1] Altieri had little interactions with Giovanni Bosco and once sent him in 1867 funds for Bosco's apostolic work in Turin.

During the cholera epidemic that affected his suburbicarian see he assisted and tended to the ill though contracted it himself and died of it later on 11 August 1867. His funeral took place in Santa Maria in Campitelli and his remains were interred in Campo Verano before being transferred.[1]

Beatification process[edit]

The beatification process commenced under Pope Benedict XVI once the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued the nihil obstat ("no objections") and titled him as a Servant of God on 14 March 2009. The diocesan process of the investigation was inaugurated in Albano on 22 November 2009 and concluded its investigations later on 26 September 2015.

The current postulator for this cause is Ulderico Parente.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Salvador Miranda. "Consistory of December 14, 1840 (XVI)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ Fitz-Hardinge Berkeley, George (1932). Italy in the Making: 1815 to 1846. Cambridge University Press.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Austria
18 July 1836 – 21 April 1845
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Soglia Ceroni
Titular Archbishop of Ephesus
11 July 1836 – 21 April 1845
Succeeded by
Alessandro Asinari di Sanmarzano
Preceded by
Adriano Fieschi
Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Campitelli
21 April 1845 – 24 November 1845
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cardinal-Priest pro hac vice of Santa Maria in Campitelli
24 November 1845 – 17 December 1860
Succeeded by
Francesco Pentini
Preceded by Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
19 March 1857 – 11 August 1867
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
17 December 1860 – 11 August 1867
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Girolamo D’Andrea
Prefect of the Congregation of the Index
5 September 1861 – 11 August 1867
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archpriest of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
8 March 1863 – 11 August 1867
Succeeded by