Angelo Felici

Styles of
Angelo Felici
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Caesariana

Angelo Felici J.C.D. (July 26, 1919, Segni June 17, 2007, Rome) was an Italian Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church and President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Before this role he served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints from 1988 to 1995.

Early life

He was ordained on 4 April 1942 and spent the next three years studying for his doctorate in canon law. In 1945 he joined the Vatican Secretariat of State where he worked until 1949. He was a faculty member at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, until he was appointed under-secretary of the Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs in 1964.


Coat of arms of Angelo Felici

Pope Paul sent him on a mission to Jerusalem after the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis. Pope Paul VI appointed him as titular archbishop of Cesariana and appointed pro-nuncio to the Netherlands on 22 July 1967. He was consecrated as a bishop in September of the same year. His nine years in the Netherlands were known for their sharp conflicts within the Catholic Church, among other things about the celibacy issue and about two bishop's nominations that were supposed to be extremely conservative (Adrianus Johannes Simonis and Joannes Gijsen). He was transferred to Portugal in 1976 and finally to France in 1979.


He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari in the consistory of 28 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II. In 1988, he was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, where he served until 1995. Then he was appointed President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. As Cardinal Deacons are permitted to do after ten years, he opted for the order of cardinal priests and his titular church was elevated pro hac vice to the rank of title on 9 January 1999. He lost the right to participate in a conclave when he turned 80 years of age in 1999.


On June 17, 2007, Cardinal Felici died; Pope Benedict XVI sent his condolences and, on June 19, 2007, presided at Cardinal Felici's funeral Mass at the Altar of the Cathedra in Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

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Preceded by
Pietro Palazzini
Prefect of the Congregation
for the Causes of Saints

1 July 1988 – 13 June 1995
Succeeded by
Alberto Bovone
Preceded by
Antonio Innocenti
President of the Pontifical
Commission Ecclesia Dei

16 December 1995 – 13 April 2000
Succeeded by
Darío Castrillón Hoyos
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