Agostino Cacciavillan

Agostino Cacciavillan
President Emeritus of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

Cardinal-Priest of Santi Angeli Custodi a Città Giardino
Appointed 5 November 1998
Term ended 1 October 2002
Predecessor Lorenzo Antonetti
Successor Attilio Nicora
Other posts
Ordination 26 June 1949
Consecration 28 February 1976

by Jean-Marie Villot
Created cardinal 21 February 2001
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1926-08-14) 14 August 1926 (age 93)

Novale, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Amiternum (1976-2001)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Kenya (1976-1981)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India (1981-1985)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Nepal (1985-1990)
  • Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to United States of America (1990-1998)
  • President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (1998-2002)
Alma mater Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
Motto In Virtute Dei
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Agostino Cacciavillan (born 14 August 1926) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church, a cardinal since 2001. He worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from 1959 to 1998; he was given the titles of archbishop and nuncio in 1998 and served as Pro-Nuncio to Kenya, India, Nepal, and the United States between 1976 and 1998. He then worked in the Roman Curia from 1998 to 2002 as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Early life [ edit ]

Cacciavillan was born in Novale di Valdagno. He studied at the seminary of Vicenza,[citation needed] and was ordained to the priesthood on 26 June 1949.[1] He served as a curate for three years and then obtained a licentiate in social sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at Sapienza University earned a doctorate in jurisprudence.[2] In preparation for a diplomat’s career, he completed the course of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1957.[3]

Diplomatic career [ edit ]

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1959. He served as secretary of the nunciature to the Philippines (1960–1964), of the nunciature to Spain (1964–1968), and of the nunciature to Portugal (1968).[2] From 1969 to 1974, he worked in the Vatican Secretariat of State, where he was also head of the Office of Information and Documentation. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate on 26 August 1973.[2]

On 17 January 1976, Cacciavillan was appointed Pro-Nuncio to Kenya and Apostolic Delegate to the Seychelles, as well as Titular Archbishop of Amiternum, by Pope Paul VI.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on 21 February from Cardinal Jean-Marie Villot, with Archbishop Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy and Bishop Carlo Fanton serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He selected as his episcopal motto: "In Virtute Dei".[5]

While nuncio to Kenya, Cacciavillan also served as Permanent Observer to the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.[2] He was named Pro-Nuncio to India on 9 May 1981,[6] and the first Pro-Nuncio to Nepal on 30 April 1985.[7] On 13 June 1990, he was named to succeed Archbishop Pio Laghi as Pro-Nuncio to the United States and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States.[8] He also served as the Holy See's representative to the World Association of Jurists.[2]

While nuncio to the United States, Cacciavillan recalled years later, he received a phone call in 1994 from a woman warning of a "media scandal" if Pope John Paul II's 1995 visit to the United States included Newark, where Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was the subject of rumors about inappropriate behavior with seminarians. He said that he forwarded the information to Cardinal John O'Connor of New York and did not contact the Vatican.[9]

Curia career [ edit ]

On 5 November 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed Cacciavillan to a five-year term as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APAS).[10] He was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Angeli Custodi a Città Giardino in the consistory of 21 February 2001.[11] He retired as President of the APAS when his resignation was accepted and he was replaced as president on 1 October 2002 by Attilio Nicora.[12] Cacciavillan was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.[13]

Cacciavillan, as the longest serving Cardinal-Deacon, was Cardinal Protodeacon, the cardinal who makes the Habemus Papam announcement upon the conclusion of a papal conclave, from 1 March 2008, when Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos became a Cardinal-Priest[2] until 21 February 2011, when he became a Cardinal Priest himself.[14] In the Roman Curia, he was a member of the Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State. He lost these positions on reaching his 80th birthday.[15]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b "Agostino Cardinal Cacciavillan". [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Miranda, Salvador. "CACCIAVILLAN, Agostino". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Archived from the original on 2 September 2000.
  3. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1950 – 1999" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Cacciavillan Card. Agostino". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Cacciavillan Agostino". CARDINALI E LORO TITOLI ODIERNI. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXIII. 1981. p. 437. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXVII. 1985. p. 677. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  8. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). LXXXII. 1990. p. 738. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  9. ^ Duncan, Robert (29 October 2018). "Former nuncio to US admits hearing rumors of McCarrick misconduct in 1994". The Catholic Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  10. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). XC. 1998. p. 1047. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  11. ^ Pope John Paul II (21 February 2001). "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la creazione dei nuovi Cardinali" [Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals]. The Holy See (Homily) (in Italian). Libreria Editrica Vaticana. Assegnazione dei Titoli o delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018 – via the Holy See.
  12. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 01.10.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 1 October 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Elenco degli Em.mi Cardinali che entrano in Conclave secondo il loro rispettivo ordine di precedenza (Vescovi, Presbiteri, Diaconi)" [List of the Eminent Cardinals entering into Conclave according to their respective order of precedence (Bishops, Priests, Deacons)]. Sala Stampa della Santa Sede (in Italian). 18 April 2005. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2005.
  14. ^ "Three founders to be saints on 23 October". L'Osservatore Romano. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Cacciavillan, Agostino". Eternal Word Television Network. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

External links [ edit ]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by

Luciano Storero
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India

9 May 1981 – 13 June 1990
Succeeded by

Giorgio Zur
Preceded by

Pio Laghi
Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States

13 June 1990 – 5 November 1998
Succeeded by

Gabriel Montalvo Higuera

as Apostolic Nuncio
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Lorenzo Antonetti
President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

5 November 1998 – 1 October 2002
Succeeded by

Attilio Nicora
Preceded by

Darío Castrillón Hoyos
Cardinal Protodeacon

1 March 2008 – 21 February 2011
Succeeded by

Jean-Louis Tauran
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