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Teodolfo Mertel (February 9, 1806 - July 11, 1899) was a lawyer and a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was one of the last known "lay cardinals".

Pope Pius IX made him a cardinal-deacon with the title of S. Eustachio on March 15, 1858. Later that year on May 16, Pope Piux IX ordained him as a deacon. Cardinal Mertel was never ordained a priest, and was the last surviving non-priest cardinal. During the papal coronation of Pope Leo XIIi, Cardinal Mertel crowned the new pope[1] since the protodeacon Cardinal Prospero Caterini was unable to do so due to illness[2].

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