FELICI, Pericle Cardinal (1911-82)
Italian cardinal; academic; secretary general of Vatican Council II and, subsequently, its president; pro-president of the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code of Canon Law.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, 1976, on his personal heraldic-crested letterhead. Cordial letter to priest-author P. Luigi Carlo di Muzio concerning a book he has written on the great Archbishop Intreccialagli, (Antonio Augusto) a Discalced Carmelite. Very boldly signed. Comes with original mailing envelope.
Created a cardinal in 1967. President of the Pontifical Commission for the Interpretation of the Decrees of the Second Vatican Council, 1967. President of the Special Commission for the Restoration of the Permanent Diaconate. He was a passionate Latinist and because of this, he was named alto patrono of the Foundation Latinitas, instituted by Pope Paul VI. Felici wrote and published numerous works both in verse and in prose.
ANTONIO AUGUSTO INTRECCIALAGLI was born in Mount Compass, a small town near Rome , by a pious and distinguished family of practicing Catholics Christians. The family had ten children, of which Antonio Augusto and another brother, entered the order of the Discalced Carmelites.
In the difficult period following the fall of Rome he was admitted to the novitiate of the Roman province of the Carmelite Fathers and in 1868 it began. When the convent of Caprarola was suppressed and later forfeited to the law of 19 June 1873 the brothers found refuge in the stables of Palazzo Farnese and for months he fed the onions . In these situations the father Antonio of Jesus – that was his name in religion – forms the love of the Cross, to humility and service to concealment.
In May 1875 he was ordained priest. His confession to the church of Santa Maria della Scala is frequented by pious souls who seek his spiritual direction: among them there are bishops and cardinals, but Frances Xavier Cabrini , Therese von Wüllenweber and Johann Baptist Jordan . His superiors noticed in Antonio Augusto outstanding human and spiritual qualities and entrusted him with important positions within the Order. Twice it was prior of the Convent of Santa Maria della Scala in Rome and three times the provincial Roman Carmelite Province.
He was called to service in the Roman Curia to work at the Congregation for Bishops . By mandate of the Holy See , he was apostolic visitor of the religious congregation of the Salvatorians and Salvatorian.
In 1907, after the Chapter for the election of the prior general of the Discalced Carmelites had not gone along with the desire of Pope Pius X to appoint Father Antonio Augusto leader of the order, he opened the way to his bishop’s appointment. Unexpected was the choice of the remote diocese of Caltanissetta . Father Antonio Augusto Intreccialagli accepted in virtue of holy obedience to the Holy Father . The people of the diocese of Caltanissetta warmly welcomed from the first moment. Expenses really great energy to this portion of the Church. Bishop Intreccialagli immediately set about the completion of the seminar the bishop that he completed in 1912 with the inauguration. He was tireless pastor and father. He listened to and received in the bishop anyone needed him. Every morning, he heard confessions for several hours in the church of St. Joseph and were dedicated to the spiritual direction of so many men and women of high spiritual stature. Followed particularly Antonietta Mazzone and Marianna Amico Roxas  . The people felt that the Bishop Antonio Augusto lurked something special and already calling in life, “the holy Bishop.” March 16, 1914 Pope Pius X asked him to devote himself full time to ‘ Archdiocese of Monreale as Coadjutor Archbishop shuttling between Caltanissetta and Monreale . Brolo 31 July succeeded Archbishop Domenico Gaspare Lancia 1919 . He devoted himself with love for the Church of Monreale, where he lived the last years of his earthly life and his indefatigable episcopal ministry marked by great physical and spiritual suffering. At his death from any part of ‘ island faithful came to his funeral to show him all the love and devotion. His body was first buried in the cemetery of Monreale and then translated to the Cathedral Basilica of the abbots-prince-archbishops of Monreale.
The widespread reputation of holiness of Archbishop Antonio Augusto led the opening of the beatification and canonization process. In 1992 Pope John Paul II , recognizing the heroic virtues of the Carmelite Bishop, she declared him venerable. His beatification process is currently underway.