Giovanni Panico

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Archbishop Giovanni Panico (right) as Apostolic Delegate in Australia (1936)

Giovanni Cardinal Panico (born April 12, 1895 in Tricase , Province of Lecce , Italy ; † July 7, 1962 there ) was an Italian clergyman and diplomat of the Holy See .


Giovanni Panico studied in Ugento and Rome trays Catholic theology and philosophy and received on 14 March 1919, the sacrament of Holy Orders . After further studies, he entered the diplomatic service of the Vatican in 1922. From 1923 to 1927 he worked for the Apostolic Nunciature in Colombia , from 1927 to 1931 for the Apostolic Nunciature in Argentina , from 1931 to 1933 for the Apostolic Nunciature in Germany and from 1933 to 1935 for the Apostolic Nunciature in Czechoslovakia .

On October 17, 1935, Pope Pius XI appointed him . the Titular Archbishop of justiniana prima and apostolic delegate in Australia . He received his episcopal ordination on December 8th of the same year by Pietro Cardinal Fumasoni Biondi ; Co-consecrators were the Curia Archbishops Bartolomeo Cattaneo and Domenico Spolverini . In 1937 Pope Pius XI sent him. as papal legate to Sydney for the plenary assembly of the bishops of New Zealand and Australia.

Pope Pius XII appointed him on September 28, 1948 as Apostolic Nuncio in Peru and on November 14, 1953 as Apostolic Delegate in Canada . On January 24, 1959, Pope John XXIII entrusted him . with the direction of the Apostolic Nunciature in Portugal . Giovanni Panico was on 19 March 1962 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Santa Teresa al Corso d'Italia in the College of Cardinals received.

He died on July 7, 1962 in his birthplace, where he was also buried.


  • Rodolfo Fracasso: Il cardinale Panico e la sua terra. A cura di Donato Valli. Galatina, Lecce 1995.

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predecessor Office successor
Filippo Bernardini Apostolic Delegate for Australia , New Zealand and Oceania
Paolo Marella
Luigi Arrigoni Apostolic Nuncio in Peru
Francesco Giuseppe Lardone
Ildebrando Antoniutti Apostolic Delegate for Canada
Sebastiano Baggio
Fernando Cento Apostolic Nuncio in Portugal
Maximilien de Furstenberg