Lodovico Altieri

His Eminence
Ludovico Altieri
Servant of God
Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
Church Roman Catholic Church
In office 19 March 1857 - 11 August 1867
Predecessor Tommaso Riario Sforza
Successor Filippo de Angelis
Other posts
Ordination 24 March 1833
Consecration 17 July 1836
by Pope Gregory XVI
Created Cardinal
  • 14 December 1840 (in pectore)
  • 21 April 1845 (announced)

by Pope Gregory XVI

  • Cardinal-Priest (1845-1860)
  • Cardinal-Bishop (1860-1867)
Personal details
Birth name Ludovico Altieri
Born (1805-07-17)July 17, 1805
Rome, Papal States
Died August 11, 1867(1867-08-11) (aged 62)
Albano Laziale, Rome, Papal States
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Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Title as Saint Servant of God
Attributes Cardinal's attire

Lodovico Altieri (17 July 1805 11 August 1867) was an Italian cardinal and he served as the Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church. He belonged to the Altieri family which was one of the noble families of Rome and was a descendant of Pope Clement X.

His cause of sainthood has commenced and he has been accorded the title Servant of God in order to initiate the formal process.


Early life

Lodovico Altieri was born in 1805 as the son of Paluzzo Altieri and Maria Anna di Sassonia in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on 24 March 1833.

He was created a Privy chamberlain by Pope Leo XII. In the pontificate of Pope Gregory XVI he was named qualificator of the Congregation of the Holy Office while he served as vicar of the School of Santa Maria in Via Lata. During this time he also served as Secretary of the Congregation of Studies.

Episcopate and cardinalate

He was appointed titular archbishop of Ephesus on 11 July 1836 by Pope Gregory XVI and was consecrated on 17 July of that year by Pope Gregory XVI himself. He was also appointed as the Nuncio to Austria the next day.

Altieri was created a cardinal and was reserved in pectore on 14 December 1840. His name was announced on 21 April 1845 and he was made the Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Campitelli (the diaconate was elevated pro hac vice to title). He participated in the conclave of 1846 that elected Pope Pius IX. He was a member of the triumvirate that governed Rome between July 1849 and April 1850 after the short-lived Roman Republic.

He was Secretary of the Congregation for Memorials serving from 1855 to 1857. He was appointed Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church on 19 March 1857 and held the post until his death. He opted for the order of cardinal bishops, taking the suburbicarian see of Albano on 17 December 1860. He was appointed Prefect of the Congregation of the Index by Pope Pius IX on 5 September 1861. He was appointed Archpriest of the Basilica of St. John Lateran on 8 March 1863.


During the cholera epidemic that affected his diocese, he assisted the sick and the dying and he himself contracted the malady, dying in 1867. His funeral took place in the church of Santa Maria in Campitelli and he was briefly interred in the cemetery of Albano before being transferred.

Cause of beatification

Altieri gained a reputation for holiness after his death and his cause of canonization was called for. Pope Benedict XVI allowed this through the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 14 March 2009 which began the process and thus allowed for him to be titled as a Servant of God. The diocesan process concluded its business on 26 September 2015.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pietro Ostini
Apostolic Nuncio to Austria
18 July 1836-21 April 1845
Succeeded by
Michele Viale-Prelà
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giovanni Soglia Ceroni
Titular Archbishop of Ephesus
11 July 1836-21 April 1845
Succeeded by
Alessandro Asinari di Sanmarzano
Preceded by
Adriano Fieschi
Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Campitelli
21 April 1845-24 November 1845
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cardinal-Priest pro hac vice of Santa Maria in Campitelli
24 November 1845-17 December 1860
Succeeded by
Francesco Pentini
Preceded by
Tommaso Riario Sforza
Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church
19 March 185711 August 1867
Succeeded by
Filippo de Angelis
Preceded by
Costantino Patrizi Naro
Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
17 December 186011 August 1867
Succeeded by
Camillo di Pietro
Preceded by
Girolamo D’Andrea
Prefect of the Roman Curia
5 September 1861-11 August 1867
Succeeded by
Antonio Saverio De Luca
Preceded by
Benedetto Colonna Barberini di Sciarra
Archpriest of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
8 March 186311 August 1867
Succeeded by
Costantino Patrizi Naro
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