|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1910|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 1980|
Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli, Former President of the Secretariat of Non - Christians and Cardinal Deacon of the Deaconry of San Giorgio in Velabro, was born on June 4, 1910, in Felina di Reggio Emilia, within the Diocese of Reggio Emilia, Italy, to Omeo Pignedoli and Emma Peretti.
He received his education at the Seminary of Reggio Emilia, where he studied Classics, at the Catholic University of Milan, from where he obtained a Doctorate in Ancient Studies and later moved to Rome, where he underwent further studies at the Pontifical Lateran Athenueum, earning a Doctorate in Theology and at the Pontifical Gregorian University, obtaining a Master's in Ecclesiastical History.
Ordained a Presbyter on April 1, 1933, in Rome, aged 22, he served as Vice - Rector of Seminary of Reggio Emilia, Chaplain of the Catholic University of Milan, Military Chaplain during the Second World War, Staff Member of the Secretariat of State, Assistant General Chaplain of the Italian Catholic Action and General Chaplain of the Italian Boy Scouts between 1943 and 1950. Pignedoli was named Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on May 5, 1945, Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on September 5, 1949, and Secretary of the Central Committee of the 1950 Holy Year.
At the age of 40, he was elected as Titular Archbishop of the See of Iconio and appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Bolivia on December 22, 1950, receiving his Episcopal Consecration on February 11, 1951, inside the Major Basilica of San Paolo Fuori Le Mura in Rome, from Cardinal Adeodato Giovanni Piazza OCD., Bishop of Sabina e Poggio Mirteto, Secretary of Sacred Consistorial Congregation assisted by Msgr. Valerio Valeri, Titular Archbishop of the See of Efeso, Assessor of the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church and Future Cardinal, and by Msgr. Beniamino Socche, Bishop of the Diocese of Reggio Emilia. Appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Venezuela on October 19, 1954, he was named Auxiliary Bishop to Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini, Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Milan and Future Pope Paul VI on April 15, 1955, Apostolic Delegate in Western and Central Africa, with residence in Lagos on September 23, 1960, and Apostolic Delegate in Canada on June 1, 1964. President of the Extraordinary Conference of Vietnam's Episcopate, Msgr. Pignedoli was furthermore named Secretary of Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on June 10, 1967.
Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Deacon in the Consistory of March 5, 1973, with the Deaconry of San Giorgio in Velabro and appointed him President of the Secretariat for Non - Christians on the following day. Special Papal Envoy to the Consecration of the Ugandan Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, Uganda on June 3, 1974, he was named Cardinal Protodeacon on June 30, 1979.
Pignedoli passed away unexpectedly in Reggio Emilia, after suffering from a blood clot of the lungs, on June 15, 1980, aged 70, at 1 am., after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary from the Priesthood Ordination of one of his closest friends, Fr. Carlo Varischi, a Capuchin Friar.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated on the following Tuesday June 17, in the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia, presided by Cardinal Ugo Poletti, the Pope's representative, with the participation among others of four other Cardinals: Agnelo Rossi, Michele Pellegrino, Giovanni Colombo and Antonio Poma. Among those present at the Mass were Bishop Renato Spallanzani of Palestrina, a long time friend and one time Seminary condisciple, numerous military and civil Authorities, and a delegation of handicapped, which traveled all the way from Milan, headed by Fratel Ettore Boschini, a renowned Camillian. Originally interred beside the Parish Church of Felina di Castelnuovo nč Monti, inside a simple vault together his parents, at a later date his remains were
transferred to the named church itself and re-buried in the chapel which once housed the baptismal font where he himself was baptized three days after his birth.
Chiesa di Felina di Castelnuovo nč Monti
Provincia di Reggio Emilia
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27651341
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Pignedoli, 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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