Cardinal Priest of Our Lady of Succour in Via Tuscolana
Cardinal Bertone was born on 2 December 1934 in Romano Canavese (Italy), the fifth of eight children.
He entered the Salesian order, making his religious profession on 3 December 1950 and was ordained on 1 July 1960. He has a doctorate in canon law.
He has taught extensively in canon law, collaborated in the drafting of the new Code of Canon Law and in its Italian translation. He was appointed Rector of the Pontifical Salesian University (where he himself had studied and taught) on 1 June 1989.
Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Vercelli on 4 June 1991. He was consecrated Archbishop on 1 August 1991 by Archbishop Mensa, the retired Archbishop of Vercelli.
He resigned from the Archdiocese on 13 June 1995 when Pope John Paul II appointed him Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, working under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The Pope entrusted to him the publication of the third secret of Fatima.
He was appointed Archbishop of Genoa on 10 December 2002.
Pope John Paul II elevated him to the college of Cardinals on 21 Octboer 2003, giving him the title Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in via Tuscolana (a deaconry elevated pro hac vice to a title).