Baggio, Sebastiano Cardinal (1913-93)
Italian cardinal; Apostolic Delegate to Canada and Papal Nuncio to Brazil. Council Father (1962-65).
ALS – Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, 22 August 1971, as Archbishop of Cagliari. Penned on his heraldic-crested stationery. Reads: Dear Excellency: Here I am. Finally decided to please my brother and happy that there is another person – and what a person – to welcome me! Thank you for your letter of August 15th as well as for the dinner invitation. As I said on the phone to Father Giorgio, I entrust myself entirely to your discretion. I return your kind expressions, anticipating the pleasure of our meeting and I greet you very cordially in the name of the Lord.
Baggio also served as papal nuncio in Chile (1953). He was appointed Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Bishops (1973). Went on to serve as special envoy to the Bolivian Eucharistic Congress, Quito, Ecuador (1974). Also special envoy to the Ninth Brazilian National Eucharistic Congress (1975). Appointed one of three presidents of the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City.
Nota bene: Of particular interest is the fact that Baggio graduated from the School of Paleography, diplomacy and library science of the Vatican. Why he didn’t end up Prefect of the Vatican Library or Prefect of the Secret Archives is anyone’s guess!