- Antonio Innocenti
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Antonio Cardinal Innocenti (
August 23, 1915– September 6, 2008) was a cardinal who was a mainstay of the Roman Curiaand the Vatican diplomatic service for many years. He was born in Poppi, Italy.
Ordained in 1938 in
Florence, Innocenti worked as a pastor in northern Italy for the following decade. His work helping Jewsled to him narrowly escaping death from a firing squad; he was released at the last minute. He was then called by Pope Pius XIIto Rome and settled down to a career in the Curia. He served for most of the 1950s and 1960s in the papal nunciature in Switzerland, where, as he saw it, the major problems were "an opulent society, religious assistance to immigrants and relations with Christian of other denominations".
On December 15, 1967, Innocenti was elevated by
Pope Paul VIto the role of titulararchbishop of Eclano and at exactly the same time appointed nuncio to Paraguay. He served as nuncio to Paraguay whilst holding a number of titular sees until 1973, when he was elevated further to the role of secretary of the Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments (now the Congregation for Divine Worship) until 1980, when Innocenti became nuncio to Spain.
Pope John Paul IIrewarded the experienced prelate with elevation to cardinal and one year later Innocenti became prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, a post he was to hold until he passed the mandatory retirement age of seventy-five in 1991. During Innocenti's time as prefect, the Curia was extremely busy dealing with what was perceived as dangerous dissent from papal teaching, and Innocenti was heavily involved with many lay movements designed to restore orthodoxy among the Church's members.
After stepping down from his post as Prefect in 1991, Innocenti gradually faded into retirement. When he turned eighty in 1995, he lost his right to vote in a
papal conclave, and by 1999 he had completely retired to Piazza della Citta Leonina.
* [http://www.fiu.edu/~mirandas/bios-i.htm#Innocenti Biography]
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