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Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini dies at 98

· Served as first president of the dicastery for health care workers ·

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, died in Rome at the age of 98. The only Roman cardinal, he was born on 1 August 1916 in the Campo Marzio neighborhood. On 3 February 1940 he was ordained a priest. Then on 15 September 1955, through an Apostolic Brief, Pius XII appointed him commendatore of the Holy Spirit — an honorary title in assisting the sick of Rome — and on 27 June 1956 he was appointed titular Bishop of Messene. He was ordained a bishop on 29 July of the same year. On 6 January 1977 he became auxiliary bishop for the pastoral care of health for the Diocese of Rome. On 16 February 1985 John Paul II appointed him archbishop and the first pro-president of the Pontifical Commission for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. Then on 1 March 1989, after the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus entered into force, he became president of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. He subsequently resigned from this position on 31 January 1996. He was created a cardinal in the consistory of 28 June 1991and was given the deaconry of Santo Spirito in Sassia. In 2002 the deaconry was raised pro hac vice to a presbyteral title.

The cardinal's funeral was celebrated on Monday, 24 November, at 3 pm in the Vatican Basilica by Cardinal Dean Angelo Sodano. At the end of the funeral, Pope Francis presided at the rite of ultima commendatio and of valedictio.




St. Peter’s Square

Oct. 23, 2019