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Cardinal Sensi

Cardinal Sensi
H.E. Giuseppe Maria Card. SENSI
Born Monday, 27 May 1907
26 July 2001 (Aged 94)
Cardinal since:
Monday, 24 May 1976
Cardinal Priest of Regina Apostolorum

The sixth of 10 children, Giuseppe Maria Sensi was born into a devout family in Cosenza on May 27, 1907. His father, a leader of the People's Party, and his mother, a member of the Andreotti-Loria family, gave him a superb education. Sensi went as a young man to Rome and earned a degree in Theology and Canon Law at the Lateran. On December 21, 1929, he was ordained. He studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, and in 1934 was appointed Secretary to the Nunciature of Bucharest. During the war he worked in Bern, then in Brussels in 1946 and, in 1947, in Prague. He was made titular Archbishop of Sardi on May 21, 1955. After serving as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See at UNESCO, he was named Nuncio to Costa Rica in 1955, Apostolic Delegate in the Holy Land in 1956, Nuncio to Ireland in 1962 and to Portugal in 1967. Paul VI made him a cardinal during the Consistory of May 24, 1976. He has undertaken no assignments since 1987.

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