Carlo Agostini

For the Italian Olympic fencer, see Carlo Agostoni.
Styles of
Carlo Agostini
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style none

Carlo Agostini (22 April 1888 – 28 December 1952) was an Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Patriarch of Venice from 1949 until his death, and died shortly after the announcement for his elevation to the cardinalate in 1952.


Born in San Martino di Lupari, Carlo Agostini studied at the seminary in Treviso, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Andrea Longhin, OFM Cap, on 24 September 1910. He then furthered his studies in Rome earning a Doctorate in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and a Doctorate in Theology Pontifical Gregorian University until 1913. Agostini was a professor (1913–1925) and the rector (1925–1932) of the Treviso seminary, and was raised to the rank of Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness in 1925.

On 30 January 1932, he was appointed Bishop of Padua by Pope Pius XI. Agostini received his episcopal consecration on the following 10 April from Bishop Longhin, with Archbishop Elia dalla Costa and Bishop Eugenio Beccegato serving as co-consecrators. He was Apostolic Administrator of Treviso from 8 March to 6 December 1936, and later named Patriarch of Venice on 5 February 1949.

Pope Pius XII announced on 29 November 1952 that he would elevate Agostini and twenty-three others to the College of Cardinals. However, the Patriarch died, from Parkinson's disease[1] at the age of 64, before the consistory could take place on 12 January 1953. Agostini was initially buried in S. Michele cemetery, but his remains were later transferred to the crypt of St Mark's Basilica in November 1957.

The unexpected vacancy in Venice opened the way for the elevation of Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII.


  1. Time Magazine. Milestones January 5, 1953

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Adeodato Giovanni Piazza
Patriarch of Venice
1949 - 1952
Succeeded by
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli

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