Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo

Andrea Cordero Lanza Di Montezemolo

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Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo

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Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo (born 27 August 1925) is an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic church and Titular Archbishop of Tuscania. He was Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls from 2005 to 2009.


Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo was born in Turin, Italy of a noble family. He is related to Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari and chairman of FIAT.

His father was among the victims of the massacre of the Fosse Ardeatine, carried out on the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Rome in 1944. He and his sister Adriana have, on several occasions, been conspicuous for their forgiveness of the perpetrators, notably Erich Priebke.

Studies and priesthood

He studied in Turin and Rome and fought in World War II. After the war, he pursued higher studies in architecture and was a professional and academic. He later discerned his vocation to the priesthood and pursued studies in theology and philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University.

Service of the Holy See

In 1976 he was appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in the Roman Curia. On 5 April 1977 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Pandosia and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Apostolic Delegate to the Solomon Islands. On 25 October 1980 he was transferred as Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua and Honduras, and on 1...
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