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Luigi Traglia

Styles of
Luigi Traglia
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Albano (suburbicarian), Ostia (suburbicarian)

Luigi Traglia (3 April 1895 – 22 November 1977) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Vicar General of Rome from 1965 to 1968, and Dean of the College of Cardinals from 1974 until his death. Traglia was elevated to the cardinalate in 1960.

Life and career in Church

Traglia was born in Albano Laziale, and studied at the Pontifical Lateran University and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Basilio Pompilj on 10 August 1917, and then finished his studies in 1919. While teaching at the Pontifical Urbaniana University from 1919 to 1936, Traglia was also an official of the Sacred Congregations of Seminaries and Universities and of the Propagation of the Faith from 1927 to 1930. On 18 August 1930, he became assessor and subpromoter-general of the faith in the latter congregation. He was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on 22 February 1932, and later Auditor of the Roman Rota on 17 September 1936.

On 21 December 1936, Mgr Traglia was appointed Vice-Gerent of Rome and Titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Palaestina. He received his episcopal consecration on 6 January 1937, from Cardinal Francesco Marchetti-Selvaggiani, with Archbishop Domenico Spolverini and Bishop Angelo Calabretta serving as co-consecrators, in the Lateran Basilica. Traglia was later named President of the Special Committee for the Marian Holy Year on 7 October 1953, and of the Commission for the first Roman synod in 1959.

Coat of Arms of Cardinal Traglia

He was created Cardinal-Priest of S. Andrea della Valle by Pope John XXIII in the consistory of 28 March 1960. Pope Paul VI later changed Traglia's titular church to that of San Lorenzo in Damaso on 28 April 1969. On 15 March 1972, he was elevated to Cardinal Bishop of Albano.

From 1962 to 1965, Cardinal Traglia participated in the Second Vatican Council, during the course of which he served as a cardinal elector in the 1963 papal conclave that selected Pope Paul VI. He was named Vicar General of Rome on 30 March 1965. In this position, the Cardinal governed the diocese in the name of the Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome. After resigning as Cardinal Vicar on 9 January 1968, Traglia was appointed Apostolic Chancellor on the following 13 January. He resigned the post on 7 February 1973, not long before the office was abolished on 27 February of that same year. Traglia was elected and confirmed as Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals on 24 March 1972, later ascending to Dean of the College of Cardinals and thus Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, while retaining his previous suburbicarian title, on 7 January 1974. On 24 December of that same year, he served as papal legate to the opening of the Holy Door at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.

Cardinal Traglia died in Rome in 1977.

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  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Clemente Micara
Vicar General of Rome
30 March 1965 – 9 January 1968
Succeeded by
Angelo Dell'Acqua
Preceded by
Santiago Copello
Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church
13 January 1968 – 7 February 1973
Succeeded by
None, office abolished
Preceded by
Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Dean of the College of Cardinals
7 January 1974 – 22 November 1977
Succeeded by
Carlo Confalonieri
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