|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1826|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1902|
The Uncle of the late Cardinal Benedetto Aloisi Masella (1879 - 1970), Cardinal Gaetano Aloisi Masella, Former Prefect of the Congregation of Rites and Cardinal Priest of the Title of Santa Prassede, was born on September 30, 1826, in Pontecorvo, Italy, and was ordained to the Priesthood at 22 years of age on June 3, 1849, at the Patriarchal Lateran Basilica of Rome.
Named as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Naples, Aloisi Masella was appointed as Auditor of the Nunciature in Bavaria in 1858, Auditor of the Nunciature in France in 1862, Consulter for Diplomatic Affairs of the Secretariat of State in 1869, and Referendary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature in 1870. He accompanied Msgr. Alessandro Franchi, Titular Archbishop of the See of Tessalonica, to Constantinople in 1874, and was named shortly afterwards as Secretary for Oriental Affairs of the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide.
Aged 50, Aloisi Masella was elected as Archbishop of the Titular See of Neocesarea, receiving his Episcopal Consecration in June, 1877, from the named Cardinal Alessandro Franchi. On June 5, he was named as Apostolic Nuncio in Bavaria, and later in Portugal on September 30, 1879.
Pope Leo XIII created the Archbishop as Cardinal Priest in the Consistory of March 14, 1887, with the Title of San Tommaso in Parione, and appointed him as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences and Relics on the following November 16. The Cardinal was furthermore appointed as Prefect of the Office of Economic Planning of the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide and President of the General Administration of the Chamber of Despoilments on February 13, 1888, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Rites on October 3, 1889, and Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals on July 11, 1892. He opted for the Title of Santa Prassede on January 16, 1893, and was named Pro - Datary of His Holiness on May 29, 1897, an Office which he held until his death. He declined the option to a Suburbicarian See in order to continue working in the reorganization of the named Datary.
Cardinal Aloisi Masella died unexpectedly on November 22, 1902, aged 76. He was found dead sitting on his desk, with a pen in hand, already cold. Early in the morning, he had celebrated Mass as usual. His death was predicted four days earlier by Future Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria, on his deathbed at the early age of 19, who had received his Confirmation from the Cardinal's hands at the Cathedral of Pontecorvo in September 1883.
The Cardinal's body was exposed in the Palace of the Datary, and later in the Basilica of the Ss. XII Apostoli of Rome, where the Solemn Funeral Mass was celebrated. According to his wishes, the Cardinal was buried in the Family's Tomb at the right hand side of the Main Altar of Pontecorvo's Cathedral. A splendid marble monument adorns the site, with the inscription: "Nella dolce terra natale, che gli fu cara e beneficÚ, e scelse a suprema dimora, attende la Gloria della Resurrezione".
Cattedrale di Pontecorvo
Provincia di Frosinone
Plot: Family Vault, On The Right Hand Side Of The Main Altar.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jan 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32552855