Enrico Dante was a seminarian at the Almo Collegio Capranica, after studying Catholic theology and philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome he received on 3 July 1910 in the church of Saint Apollinare in Rome by Giuseppe Ceppetelli the sacrament of Holy Orders. He then worked at the Roman Rota and then at the Congregation of Propaganda Fide.
Since 1913 he worked as an ex officio proceedings at the Apostolic Penitentiary. From 1914 he served as papal Zeremoniar and 1923 was also an employee of the Congregation of Rites, 1930 where he rose to become substitutes. Since 1943, Pro- Secretary of the Congregation of Pontifical Ceremonies and house prelate, he was in 1947 appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the ceremonies of the Pope. Besides, he was since 1959 Pro- Secretary of the Congregation of Rites, in which he was appointed on January 5, 1960 as Secretary.
Pope John XXIII. appointed him on 28 August 1962 Titular Bishop of Carpasia and donated to him on 21 September of the same year in the Lateran basilica consecrated bishop; Co-consecrators were the Archbishops Curia Curia cardinals and later Francesco Carpino and Pietro Parente. Pope Paul VI. took him on 22 February 1965 as cardinal deacon with the title of Sant'Agata dei Goti diakonia to the College of Cardinals.
Enrico Dante died in the early morning of April 24, 1967 in Rome and was buried in the church of Sant'Agata dei Goti.
- Member of the Order of Malta
- 1963: Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic