|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1884|
|Death: ||Oct. 4, 1954|
Cardinal Francesco Borgongini Duca, Former Official of the Roman Curia and Cardinal Priest of the Title of Santa Maria in Vallicella was born on February 26, 1884, in Rome, Italy, and received his Education at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, from where he obtained Doctorates in Theology and Canon Law.
Ordained to the Priesthood at the age of 22 on December 22, 1906, in Rome, Borgongini Duca served as Faculty Member of the Athenaeum of Pontifical Roman Seminary of Rome and of the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum De Propaganda Fide, between the periods of 1907 and 1909. He served as Official within the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary from 1909 until 1917, when he was named its Secretary on February 24. Named Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on March 2, 1917, with the Title of Monsignor, he was furthermore appointed Pro - Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs on June 28, 1921, and Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on July 7, of that same year. On October 14, 22, Msgr. Francesco was named Secretary of the named Sacred Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs and Apostolic Protonotary of His Holiness on January 11, 1927. He also served as Member of the Commission to negotiate the Lateran Pact.
Borgoncini Duca was elected as Titular Archbishop of the See of Eraclea di Europa on June 7, 1929, receiving his Episcopal Consecration on June 29, inside the Hall of Benedictions, at the Vatican, from Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, Secretary of State of the Vatican City, assisted by Msgr. Carlo Cremonesi, Titular Archbishop of the See of Nicomedia and Privy Almoner of His Holiness, and by Msgr. Agostino Zampini OESA., Titular Bishop of the See of Porfireone and Sacristan of His Holiness. Appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Italy on the following day, he was furthermore elected as Pontifical Administrator of the Basilica of San Paolo Fuori Le Mura of Rome on April 1, 1933, and of the Basilica of Our Lady of Loreto on March 25, 1934.
Aged 68, he was created Cardinal Priest in the Consistory of January 12, 1953, by Pope Pius XII with the title of Santa Maria in Vallicella.
A Hero of the Second World War, secretly providing help to Jews and Allied Prisoners of War, among others like Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, Friar Placido Nicolini OFM. Conv., Bishop Placido Nicolini OSB., Friar Rufino Niccacci OFM., and Msgr. Antonio Riberi, the Cardinal died of heart ailment on October 4, 1954, at 9.50 am., after receiving the Holy Sacraments, in his apartment in the Palace of the Holy Office, Rome, aged 70. His Funeral took place in the Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, his Cardinalitial Title, and was later interred in the Chapel of the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide. Later, his remains were exhumed and transferred to the Church of San Salvatore In Ossibus in the Vatican City.
Chiesa di San Salvatore In Ossibus
, Vatican City
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27450171
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Borgongini Duca, 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.|
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