Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $32,467 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic World News News Feature

Cardinal Poletti, Former Rome Vicar, Dies at 83 February 26, 1997

Vatican (CWN) -- Cardinal Ugo Poletti, the former vicar of Rome and president of the Italian bishops' conference, died last night in Rome of a heart attack.

Cardinal Poletti, born in 1914, was ordained a priest in 1938 and a bishop in 1958. He became Bishop of Spoleto in 1967, and in 1973 Pope Paul VI elevated him to the rank of cardinal and made him his vicar for the city of Rome. He undertook a number of special missions on behalf of the Holy See, dating from the time of Pope Pius XII. Since his retirement from active episcopal duty in 1991, he has served as arch-priest for the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Pope John Paul II will preside at the funeral ceremonies at St. Peter's Basilica on Thursday, February 27.

The death of Cardinal Poletti brings the total number of cardinals down to 148, of whom 38 are over 80 years old, and thus ineligible to vote in a papal conclave.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Contentious Spirits, Beware! 12 hours ago
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6