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Cardinal Francesco Carpino
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Birth: May 18, 1905
Death: Oct. 5, 1993

Former Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Palermo and Cardinal Bishop of the Suburbicarian See of Albano, Cardinal Francesco Carpino was born on May 18, 1905, in Palazzolo Acreide, Province of Syracuse, in the island of Sicily, the third of the five children of Salvatore Carpino, owner of a small rural estate and his wife Maria Odigitria Cascino. He was baptized on May 24, by Canon Giuseppe Gallo in the Mother Church of Palazzolo.

Carpino received his education at the Seminary of Noto, Sicily between September 14, 1914, and June 1919, when he obtained the License Ginnazaiale and later moved to Rome at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, where he studied between September 1919 and 1926, earning Doctorates in Philosophy and Theology and a Licentiate in Canon Law in 1926. He returned to his Diocese in 1926, and became Professor in the Seminary until reaching the Canonical Age for the Priestly Ordination. He received the Diaconate on June 29, 1927, at Pontifical Lateran Athenaeum, Rome.

Francesco Carpino was ordained to the Priesthood on August 14, 1927, at the Mother Church of Palazzolo Acreide by Msgr. Giuseppe Vizzini, Bishop of the Diocese of Noto. He performed pastoral ministry in the named Diocese, of which he also served as Faculty Member of its Seminary between 1927 and 1929. Professor of Sacramental Theology at the Pontifical Lateran Athenaeum of Rome from 1929 till 1951, he resided in the Pontifical Roman Seminary and along the years pursued Pastoral Ministry in Rome and collaborated with several Congregations of the Roman Curia as well as with the Roman Vicariate. On April 27, 1939, he was named Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness with the Title of Monsignor.

At the age of 45, he was appointed Archbishop of the Titular See of Nicomedia and appointed Coadjutor with Right of Succession of the Archdiocese of Monreale on February 11, 1951. Carpino received his Episcopal Consecration on April 8, at the Patriarchal Lateran Basilica in Rome from Cardinal Adeodato Giovanni Piazza OCD., Bishop of Sabina e Poggio Mirteto, Secretary of Sacred Congregation Consistorial, assisted by Msgr. Luigi Traglia, Titular Archbishop of the See of Cesarea di Palestina, Vice - Gerent of Rome and Future Cardinal, and by Msgr. Angelo Calabretta, Bishop of the Diocese of Noto. Msgr. Carpino succeeded to the Metropolitan See of Monreale on August 23, 1951 and was named Assistant at the Pontifical Throne on November 15, 1960. On January 19, 1961, he was named Titular Archbishop of the See of Sardica and appointed Assessor of the Sacred Congregation Consistorial. Secretary of the Sacred College of Cardinals, an appointment he received on October 25, 1961, he served also as President of the Supreme Council of Immigration between 1961and 1967, President of the General Secretariat International of Apostolatus Maris from 1961 till 1967, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America also between 1961 and 1967, Counselor of the Pontifical Preparatory Commission of the Second Vatican Council from 1961 until 1964, Secretary of the Cardinalitial Commission for the Shrine of Pompeii between 1961 and 1965, and Secretary for the Shrines of Pompeii and Loreto from 1966 until 1967. While attending the Second Vatican Council, he served as Secretary of the Conclave of 1963, and was appointed Pro-prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments on April 7, 1967.

Pope Paul VI created Msgr. Carpino, Cardinal Priest in the Consistory of June 26, 1967, with the Title of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in via Tuscolana at the age of 62. He was transferred to the Metropolitan See of Palermo on June 26, 1967, however he resigned the Government of the Archdiocese on October 17, 1970, as he explained that an Archdiocese with many and difficult pastoral problems needed a young Archbishop with fresh energies to prepare a vast program for a long term. In return, Msgr. Salvatore Pappalardo (1918 - 2006), was named as his Successor. Following his resignation, the Cardinal was appointed Referendary for Relations in the Sacred Congegation for Bishops on October 19, 1970.

On January 27, 1978, he was named Cardinal Bishop of the Title of the Suburbicarian See of Albano and participated in the Conclaves of 1978 which elected Popes John Paul I and John Paul II respectively.

Cardinal Francesco Carpino died on October 5, 1993, at dawn, in Rome after receiving the Last Rites from Msgr. Alois Wagner, Titular Bishop of the See of Siccenna and Vice - President of the Pontificial Council Cor Unum, who died in 2002, and was assisted by his sister Concettina Carpino. The Funeral Mass, presided by Pope John Paul II was concelebrated by thirty Cardinals and numerous Archbishops and Bishops and took place in the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica at 5.30 pm., on October 7, 1993. The body of the late Cardinal was flown to Monreale on October 8, and was transferred to Palermo, where another Funeral took place in that Cathedral, celebrated by Msgr. Salvatore Cassisa, Archbishop of Monreale, Cardinal Salvatore Pappalardo, Archbishop of Palermo, and almost all the Bishops of Sicily. After the Funeral in Palermo, the body was taken to Palazzolo Acreide and a Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of San Paolo by Msgr. Giuseppe Costanzo, Archbishop of Siracusa, before the burial in the tomb of his family. Later, it was transferred to the Cemetery Chapel of Palazzolo Acreide, however on September 14, 1998, the remains were once again transferred to a definitive tomb in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Palermo, in the Chapel of Santa Cristina. His late Successor, Cardinal Pappalardo is also found interred in the same Chapel. 
 
Burial:
Palermo Cathedral
Palermo
Provincia di Palermo
Sicilia, Italy
Plot: Chapel Of Santa Cristina, In Front Of The Altar Steps.
 
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: May 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26520388
Cardinal Francesco Carpino
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Cardinal Francesco Carpino
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Carpino, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Aug. 2, 2012

- Who Art In Heaven
 Added: Jun. 18, 2008
Dearest great uncle~Bless your tender compassionate spirit~
- Rick Hutton
 Added: May. 12, 2008
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