Lorenzo Antonetti

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His Eminence
Lorenzo Antonetti
President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
See Sant’Agnese in Agone
Appointed 24 June 1995 (Pro-President)
Term ended 5 November 1998
Predecessor José Tomás Sánchez
Successor Agostino Cacciavillan
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Agnese in Agone
Ordination 26 May 1945
by Leone Giacomo Ossola
Consecration 12 May 1968
by Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Created Cardinal 21 February 1998
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1922-07-31)31 July 1922
Romagnano Sesia
Died 10 April 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 90)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Rusellae (1968-1998)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Honduras (1968-1973)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua (1968-1973)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo (1973-1977)
  • Secretary of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (1977-1988)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to France (1988-1995)
  • Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Agnese in Agone (1998–2008)
Motto caritas et patientia christi
Coat of arms Lorenzo Antonetti's coat of arms

Lorenzo Antonetti (31 July 1922 – 10 April 2013) was a Cardinal in the Catholic Church, who held several positions in the Vatican diplomatic service.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Antonetti was born on 31 July 1922 in Romagnano Sesia, Italy. On 26 May 1945, at the age of 22, Antonetti was ordained priest in Novara, Italy. He did pastoral ministry in diocese of Novara in 1946. He was sent to Rome for further studies from 1947 to 1951 at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, where he obtained a doctorate in theology and later at the Pontifical Gregorian University also in Rome where he was awarded a doctorate in canon law.

He was admitted to the elite Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy to study diplomacy. He joined the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1951 and served as an attaché and later secretary in nunciature in Lebanon from 1952 to 1955. He was the secretary in nunciature in Venezuela from 1956 to 1959. He worked in the section of Extraordinary Affairs, Secretariat of State, from 1959 to 1963. He was appointed counselor in nunciature in France where he served from 1963 to 1967. He was appointed Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on 18 August 1964. He was counselor in apostolic delegation in the United States in 1968. He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Rusellae on 23 February 1968, aged 45.

Apostolic nuncio[edit]

Antonetti served as Apostolic Nuncio to Honduras (appointed 23 February 1968) and Nicaragua (appointed 24 February 1968) which he remained for five years. He was then appointed as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) on 29 June 1973 where he remained until he became the Official of State, Roman Curia (appointed 15 June 1977).

Finally, he served as the Apostolic Nuncio to France to which he was appointed on 23 September 1988 and where he remained until 1995. In 1995 Pope John Paul II gave him the position of Pro-President of Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, Roman Curia, losing the "pro-" upon elevation to cardinal.


Styles of
Lorenzo Cardinal Antonetti
Coat of arms of Lorenzo Antonetti.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Pope John Paul II created him Cardinal-Deacon of Saint Agnes in Agone on 21 February 1998. He retired as president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See in November 1998 becoming President Emeritus of Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

On 1 March 2008 Antonetti was elevated to Cardinal-Priest.

He died in Novara on 10 April 2013.[1][2]


  1. ^ "L'addio al cardinale Lorenzo Antonetti". Vatican Insider (in Italian). 10 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Cardinal Antonetti, Vatican diplomat, finance manager, dies at 90

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Angelo Felici
Apostolic Nuncio to France
23 September 1988–24 June 1995
Succeeded by
Mario Tagliaferri
Preceded by
Rosalio Lara
President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
24 June 1995–5 November 1998
Succeeded by
Agostino Cacciavillan