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Giuseppe Beltrami
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Informal style Cardinal
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Giuseppe Beltrami (January 17, 1889 – December 13, 1973) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Internuncio to the Netherlands from 1959 to 1967, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1967.


Born in Fossano, Giuseppe Beltrami attended the seminary in Fossano before being ordained to the priesthood on March 5, 1916. He served as a chaplain in the Italian Army during World War I (1916-1919), and then studied until 1923 at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare, from where he obtained his doctorates in theology and in canon law, and the Royal University, earning a doctorate in letters.

From 1923 to 1926, Beltrami was a staff member of the Vatican Library. He was raised to the rank of an Honorary Chamberlain of His Holiness on July 14, 1924, and became an official of the Secretariat of State in 1926. Monsignor Beltrami then served as a lawyer for the causes of canonization and beatification in the Sacred Congregation of Rites until 1940, also being named a Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on July 9, 1926.

On February 20, 1940, Beltrami was appointed Nuncio to Guatemala and El Salvador and Titular Archbishop of Damascus. He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 7 from Cardinal Luigi Maglione, with Archbishop Gabriele Vettori and Bishop Angelo Soracco serving as co-consecrators, in the church of San Carlo al Corso. Beltrami was later named Nuncio to Colombia on November 15, 1945; during his tenure there, he served as the papal legate to the National Eucharistic Congress in Bogotá on June 29, 1946. The Archbishop worked as a nuncio at the disposition of Secretariat of State from 1948 to 1950, when he was assigned as Nuncio to Lebanon on October 4. Beltrami was appointed Internuncio to the Netherlands on January 31, 1959, and faced much theological dissidence in the usually progressive country.[1] The Dutch Catholic clergy once complained that Beltrami "kept the wires to Rome hot with reports of heresy in Holland"[2].

He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Maria Liberatrice al Monte Testaccio in the consistory of June 26, 1967. The appointment of the successor to Beltrami's diplomatic post in the Netherlands was published on July 22, 1967. He lost the right to participate in a papal conclave upon reaching the age of 80 on January 1, 1971.

The Cardinal died in Rome, at age 84. He is buried in the cathedral of his native Fossano.


  1. TIME Magazine. In Dutch with the Vatican June 5, 1967
  2. TIME Magazine. The Pope's Fraternal Eyes July 14, 1967

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Nuncio to Guatemala
Succeeded by
Giovanni Castellani, OFM
Preceded by
Albert Levame
Nuncio to El Salvador
Succeeded by
Giovanni Castellani, OFM
Preceded by
Paolo Giobbe
Nuncio to Colombia
Succeeded by
Antonio Samoré
Preceded by
Alcide Marina, CM
Nuncio to Lebanon
Succeeded by
Paolo Bertoli
Preceded by
Paolo Giobbe
Internuncio to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Angelo Felici
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