Sebastiano Baggio

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Sebastiano Baggio
5th President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State
In office
MonarchJohn Paul II
Preceded byAgostino Casaroli
Succeeded byRosalio José Castillo Lara
Personal details
Born(1913-05-16)16 May 1913
Died22 March 1993(1993-03-22) (aged 79)
Styles of
Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Sebastiano Baggio (16 May 1913 – 22 March 1993)[1] was an Italian cardinal, a candidate for pope and the President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State in 1984 and the prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Bishops in 1978.

Born in Rosà, Veneto, Sebastiano was ordained a priest on 21 December 1935, at the age of 22, in Vicenza. He was a priest for 57 years, a bishop for 39 years and a cardinal for 23 years. Described as affable and smiling, he helped many charitable works.

After a diplomatic career that included assignments in Chile, Canada and Brazil, he was elevated to cardinal in 1969 by Pope Paul VI and named Archbishop of Cagliari, Sardinia. He participated in the two conclaves of 1978. Cardinal Baggio died in 1993 at Rome at age 79; at the time, he was the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, and a sub dean of the College of Cardinals.


  1. ^ "Baggio, Sebastiano Cardinal". Who was who in America : with world notables, v. XI (1993–1996). New Providence, N.J.: Marquis Who's Who. 1996. pp. 11–12. ISBN 0837902258.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paolo Bertoli
Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
25 March 1985 – 21 March 1993
Succeeded by
Eduardo Martínez Somalo