Paolo Giobbe

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Paolo Giobbe
Patron of the Order of Malta
Giobbe in Rome on 6 December 1958.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed8 August 1961
Term ended3 July 1969
SuccessorGiacomo Violardo
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella (1958–1972)
Ordination4 December 1904
Consecration26 April 1925
by Pietro Gasparri
Created cardinal15 December 1958
by Pope John XXIII
Personal details
Paolo Giobbe

10 January 1880
Died14 August 1972(1972-08-14) (aged 92)
Rome, Italy
BuriedCampo Verano
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Roman Seminary
MottoHaerere Christo
Coat of armsPaolo Giobbe's coat of arms
Styles of
Paolo Giobbe
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Paolo Giobbe (10 January 1880 – 14 August 1972) was an Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as Papal Datary in the Roman Curia from 1959 to 1968, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1958.


Giobbe was born in Rome, and studied at the Pontifical Roman Seminary (from where he obtained doctorates in theology and canon law). He was ordained to the priesthood on 4 December 1904, and then did pastoral work in Rome until 1909. Made a Pontifical Ceremonery Supernumerary on 3 May 1909, Giobbe served as a censor of the Roman Liturgical Academy, minutant in the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, and an assistant at the Pontifical Urbaniana University from 1909 to 1918. In 1911, he was a Papal Ablegatus for the imposition of the red biretta on Cardinal Enrique Almaraz y Santos, Archbishop of Seville. Giobbe was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on 6 November 1917, and rector of the Pontifical Urbaniana University in 1918.

On 30 March 1925, Giobbe was appointed Nuncio to Colombia and Titular Archbishop of Ptolemais in Thebaide. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 26 April from Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, with Archbishop Tito Trocchi and Bishop Alessandro Fontana serving as co-consecrators, in the chapel of the Urbaniana. As his episcopal motto he chose: Haerere Christo – Remain with Christ. Giobbe was later named Internuncio, with title of nuncio ad personam, to the Netherlands on 12 August 1935, and created cardinal-priest of S. Maria in Vallicella by Pope John XXIII in the consistory of 15 December 1958. So he spent almost 25 years (except during the Second World War) in the Netherlands – for any nuncio an unusually long period.

Giobbe was made Papal Datary on 14 November 1959, and remained in that Curial post until it was suppressed on 1 January 1968. On 8 August 1961, he was made Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. From 1962 to 1965, Giobbe attended the Second Vatican Council, during the course of which he participated in the 1963 papal conclave that selected Pope Paul VI.

Giobbe died in Rome, at age 92, as the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. He is buried in the chapel of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples at the Campo Verano.


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Nuncio to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Preceded by Papal Datary
Succeeded by
Preceded by Oldest living Member of the Sacred College
30 September 1970 – 14 August 1972
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