Carlo Sacconi

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"His Most Reverend Eminence" Carlo Cardinal Sacconi J.U.D. (9 May 1808 - 25 February 1889) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and was former Dean of the College of Cardinals.

Carlo Sacconi was born in Montalto. He was educated at the Seminary of Fermo and later at the La Sapienza University, Rome where he earned a "doctorate utroque iuris" (in both canon and civil law.

Priesthood

He was ordained and worked in the diocese of Montalto as a professor in its seminary in 1829 and pro-vicar general for the diocese. He worked with the Congregation of the Tridentine Council for three years. He served as an auditor in the nunciature in the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1839 and chargé d'affaires ad interim in January 1844. He served as the Chargé d'affaires in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany from 1845-1847 and was Internuncio in the Kingdom of Bavaria from 1847-1851.

Episcopate

He was appointed titular archbishop of Nicea on 27 May 1851 by Pope Pius IX and was named full nuncio in Bavaria on 6 June 1851.

Cardinalate

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of "Santa Maria del Popolo" by Pope Pius in the consistory of September 27 1861. He was commissioned with the erection and organisation of the Latin American Seminary, Rome. He was appointed as Prefect of the economy of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide and of the Reverend Chamber of Despoilments on August 29 1863. He participated in the First Vatican Council from 1869-1870. Opted for the order of bishops and the suburbicarian see of Palestrina, October 8, 1870.He participated in the conclave of 1878 that elected Pope Leo XIII. He opted for the suburbicarian see of Porto e Santa Rufina on July 15 1878 and again changed his see to suburbicarian see of Ostia and Velletri, and thus the deanship of the Sacred College of Cardinals on 24 March 1884. He served as Prefect of the Congregation of Ceremonies from 1884 until his death.

Death and funeral

He died in February 25 1889, at 4:15 p.m., of pleumonite, in the palace of the Apostolic Datary, Rome. The body was transferred to the basilica of Ss. XII Apostoli, Rome, on February 27 at 11 a.m. and after the absolution, taken to Campo di Verano cemetery, Rome; and later, transferred to Montalto and buried in his family's tomb. The funeral took place in that same basilica on 4 March 1889 at 10 a.m.; the mas was celebrated by Félix-Marie de Nekere, titular archbishop of Melitene; the final absolution was imparted by Raffaele Cardinal Monaco La Valetta, Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals with another twenty-two cardinals in attendance.


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