Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani

Francesco Cardinal Marchetti Selvaggiani ( born October 1, 1871 in Rome, Italy, † January 13, 1951 in Rome ) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.


Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani was a seminarian at the Almo Collegio Capranica and received on April 4, 1896 after studying mathematics and later Catholic theology and Canon Law, the sacrament of Holy Orders. During his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he had already Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII. Know.

On February 16, 1918, he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Seleucia in Isauria and the called according to his episcopal ordination, which he received by Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, Apostolic Internuncio ( 1920 Apostolic Nuncio ) in Venezuela. In December 1920 he was appointed head of the Apostolic Nunciature was transferred to Austria. On December 15, 1922, he returned to the Vatican and was appointed Secretary of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide.

On June 30, 1930 it took Pope Pius XI. as cardinal priest with the titular church of Santa Maria Nuova in the College of Cardinals. In 1936 he was appointed Cardinal Bishop of Frascati.

In 1939 he became secretary of the Holy Office, 1948 Prefect of the Congregation for the Ceremonial. In the same year he was elected Dean of the College of Cardinals and thus elevated to Cardinal Bishop of Ostia.

Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani died on January 13, 1951 in Rome.