Styles of
Luigi Dadaglio
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Lerus (titular see)

Luigi Dadaglio (28 September 1914 – 22 August 1990) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal and Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

He was born in Sezzadio, Italy. He was educated at the Seminary of Acqui. He was ordained on 22 May 1937. From 1938 until 1942 he continued his studies at the Pontifical Lateran University where he earned a doctorate in utroque iure (in both canon and civil law). He later studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome where from 1941 until 1943 he studied diplomacy.

Early priesthood

He joined the Vatican Secretariat of State (section of Ordinary Affairs) in 1942. He was the secretary in the nunciature in Haiti and Dominican Republic from 1946 until 1950 when he was promoted to be the Auditor in the apostolic delegation to the United States, until 1953. He served as auditor in Canada and in Australia also. He was transferred to be the counselor in the nunciature in Colombia from 1958 until 1960. He was in charge, provisionally, of the nunciature in Venezuela in April 1960, until he himself was named Nuncio in Venezuela on 28 October 1961.


He was appointed titular Archbishop of Lerus by Pope John XXIII. He was consecrated on 8 December 1961 by Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, Cardinal Secretary of State, who was assisted by Archbishop Angelo Dell'Acqua, substitute of the Secretariat of State. He attended the Second Vatican Council. He was appointed Nuncio in Spain on 8 July 1967. He was named Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 4 October 1980. Pope John Paul II named him Pro-Major Penitentiary on 8 April 1984.


He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Deacon of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna in the consistory of May 25, 1985. Having been created a Cardinal he was then named full Major Penitentiary two days later. He was named Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in 1986. He resigned the penitentiary on April 6, 1990. He died on 22 August.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giuseppe Paupini
Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary
8 April 1984–6 April 1990
Succeeded by
William Wakefield Baum
Preceded by
Carlo Confalonieri
Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
15 December 1986–22 August 1990
Succeeded by
Ugo Poletti
Preceded by
Paul-Pierre Philippe
Cardinal-Deacon of S. Pio V a Villa Carpegna
Succeeded by
José Tomás Sánchez
no:Luigi Dadaglio

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