Antonio Saverio De Luca

Antonino Saverio De Luca

Antonio Saverio De Luca (28 October 1805 – 28 December 1883) was an Italian bishop and prefect of the Pontifical Congregation for Studies as well as Cardinal-Priest of San Lorenzo in Damaso and Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina.

Born Bronte, Sicily, he was ordained on 10 February 1839, aged 33, as Priest of Monreale, Italy. On 24 November 1845 he was appointed as Bishop of Aversa. Two months later he was ordained as Bishop of Aversa.

On 22 December 1853, aged 48, he was appointed as Titular Archbishop of Tarsus. On 24 December 1853, aged 48, he was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Bavaria. On 9 September 1856 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Austria.

On 16 March 1863, aged 57, he was appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santi Quattro Coronati and elevated to the Cardinalate.

In 1878 he was appointed as Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina, as Cardinal-Priest of S. Lorenzo in Damaso and as Prefect of the Congregation for Studies.

He died aged 78 in Rome.

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