Dell’Acqua, Angelo Cardinal (1903-72)
Italian cardinal; Vicar General of Rome; first President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. Represented Blessed Pope Paul VI at the funeral of Senator Robert M. Kennedy, 1968.
ANS – Autograph Note Signed on one side of his biglietto (calling card) as Vicar of Rome. Dated December 1968. Very good.
Began his priestly career as personal secretary to the Archbishop of Milan. From 1931-35 he was secretary of the apostolic delegation to Turkey and Greece, following a stint as the rector of the major seminary for the Diocese of Rome until 1938. That same year, Dell’Acqua entered the Secretariat of State. He later was made adjunct Undersecretary of the Sacred Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs and, in 1954, succeeded Archbishop Montini who was named archbishop of Milan.
Blessed Pope Paul VI named Dell’Acqua a cardinal in June 1967 in advance of the latter’s appointment as the first President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
Cardinal Dell’Acqua was the recipient of numerous awards among which are: Grand Crosses of the Order of Merit – Federal Republic of Germany; Knights Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Republic of Italy; grand decoration with sash for services to the Republic of Austria; grand crosses of the order of Prince Henry.