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Paolo Sardi STL (born 1 September 1934) is an Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church. Until 8 November 2014, he served as patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[1]

His Eminence
Paolo Sardi
Vice-Chamberlain Emeritus of the Apostolic Chamber
Appointed 23 October 2004
Term ended 20 November 2010
Successor Santos Abril y Castelló
Other posts Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Auxiliatrice in via Tuscolana
Ordination 29 June 1958
by Giuseppe Dell’Omo
Consecration 6 January 1997
by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal 20 November 2010
by Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Deacon
Personal details
Born (1934-09-01) 1 September 1934 (age 84)
Ricaldone, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal


Sardi was born in Ricaldone, Province of Alessandria. Sardi was ordained a priest on 29 June 1958, after a licentiate in theology he graduated in canon law and jurisprudence at the Università Cattolica Milano. He taught moral theology in Turin until 1976, when he was called to the Vatican to work in the Secretariat of State. In 1992 he was appointed Vice Councillor for General Affairs and on 10 December 1996, Apostolic Nuncio with special responsibilities and Titular Archbishop of Sutrium by Pope John Paul II. Archbishop Sardi co-ordinates the Vatican office that edits the Pope's texts and addresses. On 6 January 1997, Pope John Paul consecrated him an archbishop in Saint Peter's Basilica.

On 23 October 2004 he was appointed Vice Camerlengo (chamberlain) of the Holy Roman Church. He was appointed to succeed Pio Laghi, who died in January 2009 as pro-patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Cardinal Sardi was succeeded in that post by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, November 8, 2014.[2] On 20 November 2010, he was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Via Tuscolana. He lost voting rights in any papal conclave as he has turned 80 years old. On 30 November 2010, after becoming a cardinal, his title changed from Pro-Patron to Patron of the Order of Malta.[3]

On 29 December 2010 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life; the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; and the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.


External linksEdit

  • "Sardi Card. Paolo". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pio Laghi
Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta
30 November 2010 – 8 November 2014
Succeeded by
Raymond Leo Burke