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Cardinal Stickler

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Cardinal Stickler
H.E. Alfons Maria Card. STICKLER SDB
Archivist and Librarian Emeritus of the Holy Roman Church
Tuesday, August 23, 1910
12 December 2007 (Aged 97)
Cardinal since:
Saturday, May 25, 1985
Cardinal Priest of S Giorgio in Velabro (Deaconry raised pro hac vice)

Second of 12 children, Cardinal Stickler was born in Neunkirchen, near Vienna, Austria, on August 23, 1910. He student of Salesians, he entered the Salesian novitiate in Germany, professing his first vows on August 15, 1928. He continued his studies in Rome, and was ordained on March 27, 1937. He finished his degree in Canon Law in 1940 and became a professor at the Salesian University, first in Turin and then, from 1957, in Rome. From 1958 to 1966 he was Rector of the University. In 197I, Stickler was appointed Prefect of the Vatican Library; he is credited with the construction of the underground depository where the ancient manuscripts are stored. He served as an expert at Vatican II and as Librarian and Archivist of Holy Roman Church between May 27, 1985, and July 1, 1988. On September 8, 1983 he was named Archbishop with personal title to the titular Church of Bolsena. John Paul II then elevated him to the cardinalate during the Consistory of May 25, 1985.

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