Silvio Oddi

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His Eminence
Silvio Oddi
Cardinal-Priest of S. Agata de’ Goti
Installed 28 April 1969
Term ended 29 June 2001
Predecessor Enrico Dante
Successor Tomáš Špidlík
Ordination 21 May 1933
Consecration 27 September 1953
by Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (later John XXIII)
Created Cardinal 28 April 1969
by Pope Paul VI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Silvio Angelo Pio Oddi
Born (1910-11-14)14 November 1910
Morfasso, near Piacenza, Kingdom of Italy
Died 29 June 2001(2001-06-29) (aged 90)
Cortemaggiore, Italy
Buried Morfasso
Nationality Italian
Denomination Catholicism
Previous post
  • Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine (1953-1957)
  • Titular Archbishop of Mesmbria (1953-1969)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium (1962-1969)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Luxembourg (1962-1969)
  • President of the Commission of Cardinals for the Pontifical Shrines of Pompeii and Loreto (1969-1974)
  • Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy (1979-1986)
  • Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church (1984-1987)
Motto Dominus Fortitudo (Lord of strength)
Coat of arms Silvio Oddi's coat of arms

Silvio Angelo Pio Oddi (14 November 1910 in Morfasso, near Piacenza, Italy – 29 June 2001 in Cortemaggiore) was a diplomat in the service of the Holy See and a Roman Catholic cardinal.

Oddi studied at the Collegio Alberoni, Piacenza, his home diocese from 1926 to 1933 (philosophy, theology and moral). He was ordained a priest on 21 May 1933 in Rome, and continued his studies at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, after which he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1936 and was assigned to the Apostolic Delegation to Iran until 1939. From that year until 1945 he held a similar post in Syria and Lebanon, then in Egypt (1945–1948), and France (1948–1951). He became head of the Apostolic Nunciature to Yugoslavia in 1951. On 30 July 1953, Pope Pius XII named him Titular Bishop of Mesembria and Apostolic Legate for Jerusalem, Palestine, Transjordan and Cyprus. On 27 September of the same year, he received episcopal ordination from Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII. He became Internuncio to Egypt in 1957, Nuncio to Belgium and Internuncio to Luxembourg in 1962.

As a bishop, he took part in the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), at the conclusion of which Pope Paul VI created him a cardinal on 28 April 1969, assigning to him the titular church of Sant'Agata dei Goti and naming him Papal Legate for the Patriarchal Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, as well as giving him responsibility for the shrine of Loreto. He became Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on 28 September 1979, a post he held until retirement in 1986. In 1989 he attended, as Papal Legate, the funeral of Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

He died on 29 June 2001, and was buried in the parish church of Morfasso.