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Fiorenzo Angelini (born August 1, 1916) is an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the former President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers in the Roman Curia, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1991.


Born in Rome, Angelini studied at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, Pontifical Lateran University, and Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum before being ordained to the priesthood on February 3, 1940. He did pastoral work in Rome until 1956, and served as a chaplain in Azione Cattolica from 1945 to 1959. Angelini served as Master of Pontifical Ceremonies from 1947 to 1954, and for a few months he was delegate for Roman hospitals.

On June 27, 1956, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Messene by Pope Pius XII. Angelini received his episcopal consecration on the following July 29 from Cardinal Giuseppe Pizzardo, with Archbishop Luigi Traglia and Bishop Ismaele Castellano serving as co-consecrators. He founded in 1959 the Italian Catholic Doctors' Association, and attended the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). On January 6, 1977, Pope Paul VI named him an Auxiliary Bishop of Rome. Pope John Paul II raised him to the rank of Archbishop and appointed him the first President of the newly created Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers on February 16, 1985. He was created Cardinal Deacon of Santo Spirito in Sassia by John Paul in the consistory of June 28, 1991.

Styles of
Fiorenzo Angelini
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Messene (titular see)

He retired as President of Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers on December 31, 1996, and on February 26, 2002, he exercised the right of becoming a Cardinal Priest after being ten years a Cardinal Deacon. Angelini has called for the opening of a cause for the beatification of French geneticist Jérôme Lejeune[1], Angelini lost his right to vote in any papal conclaves upon turning age 80 on August 1, 1996.

Angelini and Pope Pius XII

Angelini is a life-long admirer of the late Pope Pius XII. In 1959, Angelini published the medical theological pronouncement of the late Pope, the only systematic compilation of the medical speeches and positions of Pope Pius XII in Pio XII Discorsi Ai Medici [2] He championed the cause for the canonization of Pius XII[3]. Angelini was appointed bishop by Pius XII in 1956, but did not get the red hat until the year 1991. In a 1992 sermon in Saint Peter Basilica on the anniversary of the death of the Pontiff, Angelini stated that his career had suffered because of his friendly views of Pope Pius XII.


  1. What the Cardinals Believe. French Pro-Life Geneticist Jerome Lejeune to be Considered for Catholic Beatification April 15, 2005
  2. Ediziono Orrizonte Medico,Roma, 1959
  3. Catholic World News. Sense of urgency: Pope Pius XII supporters await progress on cause April 28, 2006
Preceded by
President of Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers
Succeeded by
Javier Lozano Barragán
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