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Fortunato Baldelli

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Fortunato Baldelli
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SeeMajor Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary
Appointed2 June 2009
Term ended5 January 2012
PredecessorJames Francis Stafford
SuccessorManuel Monteiro de Castro
Other postsCardinal-Deacon of S. Anselmo all’Aventino, Apostolic Nuncio to France, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Ordination18 March 1961
by Giuseppe Placido Maria Nicolini
Consecration23 April 1983
by Agostino Casaroli
Created cardinal20 November 2010
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth nameFortunato Baldelli
Born(1935-08-06)6 August 1935
Valfabbrica, Italy
Died20 September 2012(2012-09-20) (aged 77)
Rome Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Mevania (1983–2010)
  • Apostolic Delegate to Angola (1983–1991)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to São Tomé and Príncipe (1983–1991)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Dominican Republic (1991–1993)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Peru (1993–1999)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to France (1999–2009)
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Fortunato Baldelli (6 August 1935 – 20 September 2012) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal. He served as Apostolic Nuncio in France from 1999 until 2009, concluding the career he launched in 1966 as a member of the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He was the Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary from 2009 to 2012.


After finishing his primary education, in 1947 he entered the Seminary of Assisi, where he finished his secondary education; at the death of his parents, he was able to continue his formation because of the help of his brothers and the assistance of Bishop Placido Nicolini of Assisi. In 1957, Bishop Nicolini sent him to the Major Roman Seminary; he attended the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, and obtained a licentiate in theology. He went on to obtain a doctorate in canon law. Baldelli was ordained priest for the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino on 18 March 1961. From 1961 to 1964, he was vice-rector of the Minor Seminary of Assisi.

To prepare for a diplomat's career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1964.[1] He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1966. Addetto in the nunciature in Cuba, 1966–1967; secretary, 1967–1970. Secretary in the United Arab Republic (Egypt), 1970–1974. In 1974, he returned to the Secretariat of State; and later, he was transferred to the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church. In 1979, he was named Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

On 12 February 1983, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Mevania, and sent as apostolic delegate to Angola. That same year, he was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in São Tomé and Príncipe, and in 1991 the Apostolic Nuncio in the Dominican Republic and then Peru in 1993.

He was appointed apostolic nuncio in France on 19 June 1999, succeeding Archbishop Mario Tagliaferri, who died of cancer on 21 May. He served as Apostolic Nuncio in France from 1999 until his appointment as Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary on 2 June 2009 by Pope Benedict.[2] He was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 24 July 2010 for the usual five-year term.[3]

Baldelli was present at the coronation of Albert II, Prince of Monaco as non-resident Apostolic Nuncio to Monaco, and read a letter of good wishes and blessing from Pope Benedict XVI.

On 20 October 2010 Pope Benedict announced that he would make him a cardinal in a consistory on 20 November. He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino.

In December 2010 Baldelli was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.[4] On 29 January 2011 Cardinal Baldelli was appointed a member of Secretariat of State (second section).[5]

He retired from his post on 5 January 2012 with the appointment of Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro as his successor.

Baldelli died on 20 September 2012 at Domus Internationalis Paulus VI, where he lived during the last years of his life.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1950 – 1999" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "RINUNCIA DEL PENITENZIERE MAGGIORE E NOMINA DEL SUCCESSORE". RINUNCE E NOMINE (in Italian). 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  3. ^ "NOMINA DI MEMBRI DELLA CONGREGAZIONE DELLE CAUSE DEI SANTI". RINUNCE E NOMINE (in Italian). 24 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ "NOMINA DI CARDINALI MEMBRI DEI DICASTERI DELLA CURIA ROMANA". RINUNCE E NOMINE (in Italian). 29 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "NOMINA DI MEMBRI DEL CONSIGLIO DI CARDINALI E VESCOVI DELLA SEZIONE PER I RAPPORTI CON GLI STATI DELLA SEGRETERIA DI STATO". RINUNCE E NOMINE (in Italian). 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Luigi Dossena
Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
23 April 1993 – 19 June 1999
Succeeded by
Rino Passigato
Preceded by
Mario Tagliaferri
Apostolic Nuncio to France
19 June 1999 – 2 June 2009
Succeeded by
Luigi Ventura
Preceded by
James Francis Stafford
Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary
2 June 2009 – 5 January 2012
Succeeded by
Manuel Monteiro de Castro

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