- Ignatius Persico
Life and career
He entered the
Capuchin Franciscan Orderon 25 April, 1839, and immediately after ordination was sent in November, 1846, to Patna, India. The vicar Apostolic, Anastasius Hartmann, made him his socius and confidant. In 1850 Persico accompanied Hartmann to Mumbai, when he was transferred to that vicariate, and assisted him in founding a seminary and establishing the "Bombay Catholic Examiner". At the time of the schism in Goa, in 1853, the bishop sent Persico to Rome and London to lay the Catholic case before the pope and the British Government.
He was consecrated bishop on 8 March, 1854, and nominated bishop-auxiliary to Bishop Hartmann; but the next year he was appointed visitor of the
Vicariate of Agra, and afterwards vicar Apostolic of that district. During the Indian Mutiny, he was nearly lost his life, and was compelled to return to Italy in 1860. Sent in 1866 on a mission to the United States, he took part in the Council of Baltimore. On 20 March, 1870, he was nominated Bishop of Savannah; but his health again failing, he resigned in 1873. In 1874 he was sent as Apostolic delegate to Canada; and in 1877 he was commissioned to settle the affairs of the Malabar schism. On 26 March, 1879, he was appointed Bishop of Aquinoin Italy; but in March, 1887, he was promoted to the titular Archbishopric of Tamiathaand sent as Apostolic delegate to Ireland to report upon the relations of the clergy with the political movement. Meanwhile the Holy See issued its condemnation of the Plan of Campaign. Persico returned to Rome much disappointed. He was at once nominated Vicar of the Vatican Chapter. On 16 January, 1893, he was created cardinal priest of the title of St. Peter in Chains.
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