Andrea Aiuti (17 June 1849 – 28 April 1905) was an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See and in the Roman Curia. He was made a cardinal in 1903.

Andrea Aiuti
Andrea Aiuti, Kardinal.jpg
Ordination22 September 1871
Consecration1 May 1887
by George Porter
Created cardinal22 June 1903
by Leo XIII
Personal details
Born(1849-06-17)17 June 1849
Rome, Italy
Died28 April 1905(1905-04-28) (aged 55)
Rome, Italy
  • Apostolic Delegate to India
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Bavaria
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Portugal
EducationPontifical Roman Athenaeum Saint Apollinare


Andrea Aiuti was born in Rome on 17 June 1849 to a patrician family from Trapani. He earned degrees in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum Saint Apollinare.[1]

He was ordained a priest on 22 September 1871.

Aiuti was a member of the Roman Curia on the staff of the Congregation of the Council and then in the diplomatic service at the nunciature in Brazil.[2] He was secretary to Antonio Agliardi who was charged with organizing the Church in India.[1] On 31 March 1887 he was appointed titular archbishop of Achrida and Apostolic Delegate to India.[2] He received his episcopal ordination from the Archbishop of Bombay, George Porter, S.J., on 1 May 1887.[citation needed] He published an account of his years in India in English as a guide for the Catholic hierarchy there.[1]

From 1891 to 1893 he was secretary for Eastern Rite affairs at the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. In that role he contributed to Pope Leo XIII's encyclical on the union of the Christian churches, Satis cognitum (1896).[2]

He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bavaria on 7 June 1893. A few days later he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Tamiathis. On 15 July 1896 he became Apostolic Nuncio to Portugal.[2]

On 12 November 1903, Pope Leo XIII made him cardinal-priest of San Girolamo dei Croati.[2]

Aiuti participated in the conclave of 1903 that elected Pope Pius X.

He died after a long illness surrounded by his relatives in Rome on 28 April 1905 at the age of 55. He was buried in the family vault in Rome's Campo Verano cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cronaca Contemporanea". La Civilità cattolica (in Italian). 11 May 1905. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Aiuti, Andrea" (in Italian). Trecanni. Retrieved 30 December 2019.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Antonio Agliardi
Apostolic Nuncio to India
31 March 1887 – 24 July 1891
Succeeded by
Wladyslaw Michal Zaleski
Preceded by
Antonio Agliardi
Apostolic Nuncio to Bavaria
16 May 1893 – 15 July 1896
Succeeded by
Benedetto Lorenzelli
Preceded by
Domenico Jacobini
Apostolic Nuncio to Portugal
15 July 1896 – 22 June 1903
Succeeded by
José Macchi