Roman Catholic Cardinal. Roman born Augusto Theodoli decided to enter the priesthood after a stormy and gallant youth. Named canon of the chapter of the Patriarchal Liberian Basilica and of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica, he served as relator of the Sacred Consulta between 1856 and 1866, when on January 26 he was named auditor of the Apostolic Signature. Appointed secretary bursar of the Sacred Congregation of the Reverend Fabric of St. Peter's Basilica later that year, he organized the celebration of the eighteenth centennial of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul and the opening of the First Vatican Council; restored the colonnade of St. Peter's Square; covered with lead the dome of St. Peter's Basilica; renewed parts of the marble pavement; and completely renovated the chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the choir of the same basilica. Named papal majordomo and prefect of the Pontifical Household on March 30, 1882, Theodoli was created cardinal deacon in the consistory of June 7, 1886 by Pope Leo XIII with the deaconry of Santa Maria della Scala. Named member of Council for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See on March 18, 1889, he was the last protector of the Nobile Collegio dei Commercianti di Roma. Passing away in his native Rome, his body was exposed in his deaconry and later buried inside his family's tomb at the local Campo Verano Cemetery.
Bio by: Eman Bonnici