Luigi Maglione

Luigi Maglione (2 March 1877 – 22 August 1944) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1935 and served as the Vatican Secretary of State under Pope Pius XII from 1939 until his death. Pius XII never replaced Maglione, opting to assume the responsibilities of the office himself, with the assistance of two undersecretaries.


Luigi Maglione
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana
Appointed18 June 1936
Term ended22 August 1944
PredecessorFrancis Alphonsus Bourne
SuccessorJules-Géraud Saliège
Other post(s)Cardinal Secretary of State (1939–1944)
Orders
Ordination25 July 1901
Consecration26 September 1920
by Pietro Gasparri
Created cardinal16 December 1935
by Pope Pius XI
RankCardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth nameLuigi Maglione
Born(1877-03-02)2 March 1877
Casoria, Kingdom of Italy
Died23 August 1944(1944-08-23) (aged 67)
Casoria, Italy
NationalityItalian
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland (1920–1926)
  • Titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Palestina (1920–1935)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to France (1926–1935)
  • Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs (1939–1944)
MottoFides et labor (Faith and work)
Coat of arms
Styles of
Luigi Maglione
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
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