Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo


Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo

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Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo (born August 27, 1925) is an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic church and Titular Archbishop of Tuscania and currently Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Italy.

Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo was born in Turin, Italy of a noble family. He studied in Turin and Rome and fought in World War II. After the war, he pursued higher studies in architecture and was a professional and academic. He later discerned his vocation to the priesthood and pursued studies in theology and philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University.

He began his career in the Roman Curia in 1976 when he was appointed Secretary of Justice and Peace. On June 4, 1977 he was ordained a bishop. A career diplomat, he has served as Apostolic Delegate to the Solomon Islands and later to Jerusalem and Palestine; Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Cyprus; and Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua, Honduras, Uruguay, Israel, Italy, and San Marino. He is now retired.

In 2005 he designed the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI and shortly thereafter was named Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Although he is over eighty years of age, and therefore ineligible to vote in a conclave, Pope Benedict XVI announced on February 22, 2006, that Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo would be made a cardinal in the consistory of March 24, becoming the Cardinal Deacon of "Santa Maria in Portico".

Andrea Cordero di Montezemolo's father was among the victims of the massacre of the Fosse Ardeatine, carried out on the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Rome in 1944. He and his sister Adriana have, on several occasions, been conspicuous for their forgiveness of the perpetrators, notably Erich Priebke.

He is related to Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari and chairman of FIAT.

External links

* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bcorldm.html Catholic Hierarchy - Archbishop Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo]
* [http://www.catholic-pages.com/hierarchy/cardinals_bio.asp?ref=244 Catholic Pages]


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