Sebastiano Baggio

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Sebastiano Baggio
President Emeritus for the Pontifical Commission of the Vatican State
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed8 April 1984
Term ended31 October 1990
PredecessorAgostino Casaroli
SuccessorRosalio José Castillo Lara
Other posts
Ordination21 December 1935
by Ferdinando Rodolfi
Consecration26 July 1953
by Adeodato Giovanni Piazza
Created cardinal28 April 1969
by Pope Paul VI
RankCardinal-Deacon (1969-73)
Cardinal-Priest (1973-74)
Cardinal-Bishop (1974-93)
Personal details
Birth nameSebastiano Baggio
Born(1913-05-16)16 May 1913
Rosà, Vicenza, Kingdom of Italy
Died22 March 1993(1993-03-22) (aged 79)
Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic, Rome, Italy
Previous post
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
MottoOperando custodire
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.

Episcopal lineage[edit]

Baggio's episcopal lineage, or apostolic succession was:[2]


  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.
  2. ^ David M. Cheney, "Bishop Oscar Cantoni", Catholic Hierarchy, retrieved 2019-08-09
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paolo Bertoli
Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
25 March 1985 – 21 March 1993
Succeeded by
Eduardo Martínez Somalo