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OTTAVIANI, Alfredo Cardinal (1890-1979)



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Italian cardinal; secretary of the Holy Office.  Highly influential conservative member of the curia.  Key Council Father.

A.L.S. – Autograph Letter Signed, one page, July 5, 1943, written to the future Cardinal Gerlier.  Seeks his assistance in obtaining some ocular medication for a friend (or staff member) – Father P. Antonio  Stravino, S.J.  Stravino was once the rector of the Pontifical Seminary in Pontano.  He may have been an earlier teacher of Ottaviani or a staff member in the Holy Office.  Back panel of official letterhead has a response from the pharmacy in Lyon.  Routine but nice example.  Usual folds, light toning but, overall, very good.  Comes with a small reprint image of Ottaviani.

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