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Cardinal Antonio Riberi

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Cardinal Antonio Riberi

  • Birth 15 Jun 1897 Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Death 16 Dec 1967 Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
  • Burial Limone Piemonte, Provincia di Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy
  • Memorial ID 27542734

Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Monte Carlo, Antonio Riberi entered seminary in Cuneo, later pursuing his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome and the Institute of Social Sciences in Bergamo. Ordained priest on June 29, 1922, in Rome, he was appointed attaché and secretary of the apostolic nunciature in Bolivia in 1925. Counselor of the nunciature in Ireland from 1930 until 1934, at the early age of thirty, Riberi was elected archbishop of the titular see of Dara, receiving his episcopal consecration in Rome on October 28, 1934. Appointed apostolic delegate to the African Missions, dependent of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith, with residence in Mombasa, East Africa, on the following November 4, 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 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 Riberi while the latter was laid out in state in the chapel of the Legionnaires' Curia. Originally interred inside his family tomb inside the cemetery of Limone Piemento, his remains were transferred to a lateral chapel of the local Santuario di Sant'Antonio and re-interred in a granite sarcophagus on September 15, 1973, in the presence of Msgr. Domenico Enrici, who was personally sent for the occasion by Pope Paul VI to represent him.

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1897 - 1967





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  • Originally Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 13 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27542734
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Antonio Riberi (15 Jun 1897–16 Dec 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27542734, citing Santuario di S. Antonio, Limone Piemonte, Provincia di Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .