Silvano Piovanelli

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His Eminence

Silvano Piovanelli
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Florence
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See Florence (emeritus)
Installed 18 March 1983
Term ended 21 March 2001
Predecessor Giovanni Benelli
Successor Ennio Antonelli
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Florence (1982–1983)
Ordination 13 July 1947
Consecration 24 June 1982
Created Cardinal 25 May 1985
Personal details
Born (1924-02-21) 21 February 1924 (age 91)
Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy

Silvano Piovanelli (born 21 February 1924) is an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Florence from 1983 to 2001, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1985.


Silvano Piovanelli was born in Borgo San Lorenzo, in the province of Florence, on 21 February 1924.[1] He studied at the seminary of Florence from 1935 to 1947, and was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa on 13 July 1947.[2] He then served as a curate in the industrial town of Rifredi until October 1948, when he became vice-rector of minor seminary of Florence.[3] He resumed his pastoral ministry in 1961 as a parish priest in Castelfiorentino, and was raised to the rank of Chaplain of His Holiness on 26 October 1966.[1] From 1979 to 1982, he was vicar general of the Archdiocese of Florence.[3]

On 28 May 1982, Piovanelli was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Florence and Titular Bishop of Tubunae in Mauretania by Pope John Paul II.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 24 June from Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, with Bishops Antonio Bagnoli and Giovanni Bianchi serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral-Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore.[2] He selected as his episcopal motto: "In Verbo Tuo".[4] Following the unexpected death of Cardinal Benelli in October 1982, Piovanelli was promoted to Archbishop of Florence on 18 March 1983.[2] John Paul II created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria delle Grazie a Via Trionfale in the consistory of 25 May 1985.[1]

After an 18-year-long tenure, he retired as Archbishop on 21 March 2001.[2] He lost the right to participate in a papal conclave upon reaching the age of 80 on 21 February 2004.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Miranda, Salvador. "PIOVANELLI, Silvano". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Silvano Cardinal Piovanelli". 
  3. ^ a b "PIOVANELLI Card. Silvano". Holy See. 
  4. ^ "Piovanelli Silvano". CARDINALI E LORO TITOLI ODIERNI. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Benelli
Archbishop of Florence
18 March 1983 – 21 March 2001
Succeeded by
Ennio Antonelli