Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo

Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo ( born August 27, 1925 in Turin, Italy) is Emeritus Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and former diplomat of the Holy See.


Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, the scion of a Tuscan noble family, first joined in 1949 as an architecture degree and then studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University Catholic theology and philosophy; During this time he was also a seminarian at the Almo Collegio Capranica. On March 13, 1954, he received by Archbishop Luigi Traglia the sacrament of Holy Orders, and then worked in various places as a pastor. From 1957 to 1960 he attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and received his doctorate at the Pontifical Lateran University, Dr. iur. can .. Then he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See and initially worked in the Vatican Secretariat of State. On June 21, 1963 he was awarded by Pope Paul VI. the honorary title Surplus secret chamberlain of His Holiness and on 4th June 1974 title of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness.

In 1976 he was Paul VI. appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Council " Justice and Peace ". On April 5, 1977, he appointed him Titular Archbishop of Pandosia and appointed him as Apostolic Pro- Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Apostolic Delegate in the Solomon Islands. He received his episcopal consecration Jean -Marie Cardinal Villot on 4 June of the same year. Pope John Paul II appointed him on 25 October 1980, on the Apostolic Nuncio in Nicaragua and Honduras. In 1986, he joined himself to the Apostolic Nunciature function in Uruguay. Since 1990, he represented the Vatican as apostolic delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine and simultaneously as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Cyprus.

1991 gave him the Pope the title of Titularerzbischofs of Tuscania. After the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the State of Israel in 1994, where he played a key role, he also became the first Apostolic Nuncio in Israel. 1998 John Paul II appointed him nuncio in Italy and San Marino, and took on 17 April 2001, after Montezemolo had reached the age of 75, the age limit, whose resignation on.

In 2001, he was responsible for the reorganization of the management and operation of the pilgrims in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome and designed in 2005, the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI. This made ​​him the same year for the first Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, and took him in the consistory of 24 March the following year as a cardinal deacon with the title of Santa Maria in Portico diakonia in the College of Cardinals to. He was the initiator of new archaeological investigations of Paul tomb and opened in 2008 Pauline Year to commemorate the 2,000. Birthday of the Apostle of the Gentiles. On July 3, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI. the Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo put forward reasons of age resignation from the office of archpriest of the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls on.

Cardinal Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo was recorded in 1962 as Konventualkaplan the Order of Malta and initially belonged to the Grand Priory of Lombardy and Veneto, and then the Grand Priory of Rome. In 1999, appointed Grand Cross Konventualkaplan, he has done intensive apostolic work in the youth groups and the volunteers of the Order of Malta for many years. On 25 May 2006 he was Honour and Devotion Grand Cross - Bailli.

Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, one of the outstanding personalities of the international Vatican policy. From 2001 until his cardinal Survey 2006 he was assessor of the Equestrian Order of the Holy grave in Jerusalem, and instrumental in the preparation of the Consulta of 2003.


  • Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic