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Pietro Fumasoni Biondi

Pietro Fumasoni Biondi (4 September 1872 – 12 July 1960) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in the Roman Curia from 1933 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1933.


Pietro Fumasoni Biondi
Prefect of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith
Pietro Fumasoni Biondi 1929.jpg
The then-archbishop in 1929.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed16 March 1933
Term ended12 July 1960
PredecessorWillem Marinus van Rossum
SuccessorGregorio Pietro Agagianian
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (1933-60)
Orders
Ordination17 April 1897
by Lucido Maria Parocchi
Consecration10 December 1916
by Domenico Serafini
Created cardinal13 March 1933
by Pope Pius XI
RankCardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth namePietro Fumasoni Biondi
Born4 September 1872
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died12 July 1960(1960-07-12) (aged 87)
Rome, Italy
BuriedCampo Verano
ParentsFilippo Fumasoni Biondi
Gertrude Roselli
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Alma materPontifical Roman Major Seminary
Styles of
Pietro Fumasoni Biondi
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
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BiographyEdit

Fumasoni Biondi was born in Rome to the aristocratic Filippo and Gertrude (née Roselli) Fumasoni Biondi; he had a sister who entered the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and became known as Mother Gertrude.[1] After studying at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Lucido Parocchi on 17 April 1897. From 1897 to 1916, he was a professor at the Pontifical Urbaniana University and then an official of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.

On 14 November 1916, Biondi was appointed Apostolic Delegate to the East Indies and Titular Archbishop of Dioclea. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 10 December from Cardinal Domenico Serafini, OSB, with Bishops Joseph Legrand, CSC, and Agostino Zampini, OSA, serving as co-consecrators, in the chapel of the Urbaniana University. In this post, he actively tried to improve relations between the Vatican and the Emperor of Japan.[2] Biondi was later named Apostolic Delegate to Japan on 6 December 1919, Secretary of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith on 14 June 1921 and Apostolic Delegate to the United States on 14 December 1922. In 1927, he declared the Vatican had no interest in the presidential campaign of Al Smith, the Catholic governor of New York.[1]

Pope Pius XI created him Cardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in the consistory of 13 March 1933, in advance for his appointment as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith three days later, on 16 March. Cardinal Fumasoni Bondi served as papal legate to the National Eucharistic Congress in Teramo on 20 August 1935. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1939 papal conclave, and again in the conclave of 1958.

Biondi died in Rome, at age 87. He is buried in the Campo Verano.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b TIME Magazine. Red Hats March 20, 1933
  2. ^ TIME Magazine. Apostolic Delegate March 10, 1923

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Willem van Rossum
Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith
1933–1960
Succeeded by
Samuel Stritch
as Pro-Prefect
Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian
as Prefect
Preceded by
Giovanni Bonzano
Apostolic Delegate to the United States
1922–1933
Succeeded by
Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Preceded by
Camillo Laurenti
Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith
1921–1922
Succeeded by
Francesco Marchetti-Selvaggiani
Preceded by
none
Apostolic Delegate to Japan
1919–1921
Succeeded by
Mario Giardini, B
Preceded by
Ladislao Zaleski
Apostolic Delegate to the East Indies
1916–1919
Succeeded by
Pietro Pisani