Luigi de Magistris (cardinal)

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His Eminence
Luigi de Magistris
Cardinal, Pro-Major Penitentiary Emeritus
Appointed 22 November 2001
Term ended 4 October 2003
Predecessor William Wakefield Baum
Successor James Francis Stafford
Other posts Cardinal-Deacon of Santissimo Nome di Gesu e Maria in Via Lata
Ordination 12 April 1952
Consecration 28 April 1996
by Giovanni Canestri
Created Cardinal 14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth name Luigi de Magistris
Born (1926-02-23) 23 February 1926 (age 91)
Cagliari, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Regent of Apostolic Penitentiary (1979-2001)
Titular Archbishop of Nova (1996-2001)
Pro-Major Penitentiary (2001-2003)
Motto "Iuste Iudica Proximo"
(Judge thy neighbor justly)
Coat of arms Luigi de Magistris's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Luigi de Magistris
Priestly ordination
Date of ordination 12 April 1952
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Giovanni Canestri
Co-consecrators Ottorino Pietro Alberti
Tarcisio Pilotta
Date of consecration 28 April 1996
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date of elevation 14 February 2015
Styles of
Luigi De Magistris
Coat of arms of Luigi De Magistris.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Luigi De Magistris (born 23 February 1926) is a Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus and Cardinal who served as Pro-Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary from 2001 until the appointment of James Cardinal Stafford in 2003.[1]


He was ordained on 12 April 1952 as a priest in Cagliari. This was followed by an appointment to the Apostolic Penitentiary in April 1979. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Nova on 6 March 1996 by Pope John Paul II and consecrated as a bishop on 28 April 1996. He was raised to the level of archbishop of the same see on 22 November 2001.

When William Wakefield Baum retired from the post of Major Penitentiary, De Magistris was appointed Pro-Major Penitentiary, a title then used for someone holding the position of Major Penitentiary without (yet) being a cardinal. However, on 4 October 2003 he resigned and was replaced by James Cardinal Stafford.


On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make De Magistris a cardinal on 14 February.[2] At that ceremony, he was appointed Cardinal-Deacon of the titular church of Santissimi Nomi di Gesù e Maria in Via Lata.[3]

As De Magistris is over the age of 80, he is not eligible to vote in any future papal conclave.

Family connections[edit]

He is a great-great-grand-nephew to Cardinal Amat, one of the other five Sardinians to be made cardinals.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". NEWS.VA Official Vatican Network. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ De Magistris genealogy,; accessed 13 February 2016.(in Italian)
  5. ^ Amat family genealogy,; accessed 13 February 2016.(in Italian)

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Wakefield Baum
Pro-Major Penitentiary of
the Apostolic Penitentiary

Succeeded by
James Stafford
Preceded by
Domenico Bartolucci
Cardinal Deacon of Santissimo Nome di Gesu e Maria in Via Lara Incumbent