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In 1910 he was named Secretary of the Congregation of Rites (now called the Congregation for the Causes of Saints) by Pope Pius X. In 1915 he was appointed and installed as Patriarch of Venice and was elevated to Cardinal in the consistory of 16 December 1916 by Pope Benedict XV with the title of Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Nereo ed Achilleo. Cardinal La Fontaine's title was later changed to Cardinal-Priest of Ss. XII Apostoli in 1921. As Cardinal, he participated in the Papal conclave that elected Pope Pius XI.
He died on 9 July 1935 after having served as Patriarch of Venice for over 20 years.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Patriarch of Venice|
1915 - 1935
| Succeeded by|
Adeodato Giovanni Piazza