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Cardinal Angelini

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Cardinal Angelini
H.E. Fiorenzo Card. ANGELINI
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers
104 (Born Tuesday, August 01, 1916)
Cardinal since:
Friday, June 28, 1991
Cardinal Priest of S. Spirito in Sassia (Deaconry raised pro hac vice)

Born in Rome on August 1, 1916, Angelini was ordained on February 3, 1940. In the post-war period, he founded the Secretariat for People's Assistance, an organization established to aid impoverished Italians. He was called to be National Ecclesiastical Assistant for Catholic Action in 1945, holding this position until 1959. On June 27, 1956, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Messene. At this point, he began to devote himself to the field of health. He provided spiritual assistance to the clinics and hospitals of Rome and in 1959 founded the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. He became known for his pastoral work with hospital chaplains. On March 1, 1989, Angelini became the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Workers (in effect, the Vatican's Health Ministry). He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1991.

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