|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1897|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1967|
Cardinal Antonio Riberi, Former Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Cardinal Priest of the Title of San Girolamo della Carità, was born on June 15, 1897, in Montecarlo, Monaco, and received his education at the Diocesan Seminary of Cuneo, Italy, the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome and later at the Institute of Social Sciences in Bergamo.
He was ordained a Presbyter aged 25, on June 29, 1922, in Rome and following further studies he was appointed Attaché and Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Bolivia in 1925. Named Honorary Chamberlain of His Holiness Pope Pius XI on May 1, 1925, he furthermore served as Counselor of the Nunciature in Ireland from 1930 until 1934.
At the early age of 37, Riberi was elected as Titular Archbishop of the See of Dara on August 13, 1934, receiving his Episcopal Consecration in Rome on October 28, 1934, from Cardinal Pietro Fumasoni Biondi, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith, assisted by Future Cardinals, Msgr. Giuseppe Pizzardo, Titular Archbishop of the See of Nicea, and Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, and by Msgr. Carlo Salotti, Titular Archbishop of the See of Filippopoli di Tracia, and Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
Appointed Apostolic Delegate to the African Missions, dependent of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith, with residence in Mombasa, East Africa on November 4, 1934, Msgr. Riberi was furthermore charged with the Assistance Service of the Holy See to the Prisoners of War and the Wounded Soldiers during the Second World War in Rome. Named Apostolic Nuncio in China on July 6, 1946, he was expelled by the Communist Regime in 1951. Apostolic Nuncio in Formosa, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland on February 19, 1959, and Nuncio in Spain on April 28, 1962.
Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Priest in the Consistory of June 26, 1967, with the Title of San Girolamo della Carità. He died however only five months later, aged 70, on Saturday, December 16, 1967, at the Institute of the Legionnaires of Christ in Rome, where he resided, of a lung infection, while conversing with friends.
A lifelong friend, Paul VI paid personally his tributes to Cardinal Antonio Riberi while the latter was laid out in state in the Chapel of the Legionnaires Curia. Originally interred inside his Family Tomb of the Cemetery of Limone Piemento, his remains where transferred to a Lateral Chapel inside the the Santuario di S. Antonio, on September 15, 1973, in the presence of Msgr. Domenico Enrici (1909 - 1997), personally sent by Pope Paul VI to represent him. He was there reinterred in a granite sarcophagus.
CARDINALE ANTONIO RIBERI
1897 - 1967
Santuario di S. Antonio
Provincia di Cuneo
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 14, 2008
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