|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1911|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 1993|
Former Apostolic Nuncio to Germany and Cardinal Deacon of the Deaconry of San Eustachio, Cardinal Guido Del Mestri was the youngest of the six children of Count Gian Vito Del Mestri and his wife Baroness Marianna Degrazia, holding the Title of Count.
Born in Banja Luka, nowadays Bosnia - Herzegovina, at the time, Austria - Hungary, on January 13, 1911, after receiving his initial studies in Banja Luka, he studied Classics at the Jesuit Lyceum of Kalksburg, Vienna, later moving to the Almo Collegio Capranica of Rome, where he pursued further studies between 1930 and 1937. In the meantime, he also studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, obtaining his Doctorates in Philosophy in 1932, in Theology in 1937, and in Canon Law in 1940.
Aged 25, Del Mestri was ordained to the Priesthood on April 11, 1936, at the Patriarchal Lateran Basilica of Rome, by Cardinal Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome. Incardinated in the Diocese of Gorizia, he briefly performed some Pastoral Ministry and served as Faculty Member in the Minor Seminary of this Diocese from 1937 until 1938, when he moved once again to Rome, pursuing studies in Diplomacy at the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Nobles.
Serving as Attaché of the Nunciature in Yugoslavia from 1940 till 1941, he was successively named as Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation in Lebanon, where he stayed until 1943. Appointed Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness with the Title of Monsignor on October 21, 1941, he was assigned as Secretary, and later Auditor, of the Apostolic Nunciature in Romania, an Office which he held till July 1950, when he was expelled from the named Country by the Communist Regime. Attached to the Secretariat of State of the Vatican City, Del Mestri was named Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on October 6, 1951.
As Chargé d'Affaires, he was charged with the opening the Nunciature in Syria in 1951, where he stayed until 1953, when he was assigned as Chargé d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Indonesia. Counselor for the Nunciature in Germany between 1953 and 1959, Monsignor Del Mestri was named Apostolic Delegate in British Eastern and Western Africa, with residence in Nairobi on October 3, 1959. On September 23, 1960, the Delegation was divided into Central - Western, Western, and Eastern. He continued serving as Apostolic Delegate in Eastern Africa, with residence in Lagos.
Pope John XXIII, elected Monsignor Del Mestri as Archbishop of the Titular See of Tuscamia on October 28, 1961, receiving his Episcopal Consecration at 51 years of age on the following December 31, inside the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Nairobi, from Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa, assisted by Bishop Cornelius Chitsulo and Archbishop Ireneus Wien Dud.
Participating in the Second Vatican Council, he received the Title of Pro - Nuncio for Kenya in November 1965, from Pope Paul VI. Appointed Apostolic Delegate in México on September 9, 1967, and later Pro - Nuncio in Canada on June 20, 1970, he successively served as Apostolic Nuncio in Germany from August 12, 1975, until his resignation at 73 years of age on August 3, 1984.
At 80 years of age, Archbishop Del Mestri was elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory June 28, 1991, receiving the Deaconry of San Eustachio. During the retirement, he served as Chaplain of the Theresienklinik Hospital of Nürnberg, Germany, where he eventually passed away on August 2, 1993, aged 82. His remains are found interred inside the Family Chapel of St. Anthony, near Medea, Gorizia, Italy.
Cappella di S. Antonio
Provincia di Gorizia
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Apr 01, 2010
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Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem. Exaudi orationem meam ; ad te omnis caro veniet. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis!|
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