Ferdinando Giuseppe Antonelli

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Ferdinando Giuseppe Cardinal Antonelli OFM (born July 14, 1896 in Subbiano , Province of Arezzo , Italy , † July 12, 1993 in Rome ) was a Curia Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church .


Ferdinando Giuseppe Antonelli entered the Franciscan order as a novice in Florence in 1909 and studied Catholic theology and philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum in Rome . He made his perpetual profession on April 7, 1914 . During the First World War he was called up for military service. On July 25, 1922, he received the sacrament of ordination in Rome and then studied until 1928 at the Pontifical Institute for Christian Archeology .

From 1928 to 1965 he was a lecturer at the Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum and from 1937 to 1943 and from 1953 to 1959 rector of the institution. In addition, he was General Definitor of the Franciscan Order from 1939 to 1945. From 1962 to 1965 he was a council theologian at the Second Vatican Council .

On January 26, 1965, Pope Paul VI appointed him . as secretary of the Congregation for Rites . A year later, on February 19, 1966, Paul VI appointed him. the Titular Archbishop of Idicra and he gave on March 19 of that year in St. Peter's Basilica , the episcopal ordination ; Co- consecrators were Francesco Carpino , Official of the Consistorial Congregation , and Ettore Cunial , Vice-Dean of the Diocese of Rome .

In the consistory of March 5, 1973 Paul VI took him. as a cardinal deacon with the title deaconry San Sebastiano al Palatino in the college of cardinals . Since he was already 80 years old at this point in time, he did not take part in the two conclaves of 1978. On February 2, 1983, he was elevated to cardinal priest pro hac vice . Since the death of Henri Cardinal de Lubac on September 4, 1991, he was the oldest cardinal in the world. He died two days before his 97th birthday.


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