Re, Giovanni Battista Cardinal
Italian cardinal; Prefect Emeritus for the Congregation of Bishops. Created a cardinal in 2001; retired in 2010. Re was a complex figure in Vatican politics. He is assumed to have opposed many of the positions of John Paul I and II and Benedict XVI. As prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, he recommended the appointment of some bishops who ran contrary to Vatican policies. Although he wielded considerable influence in the Roman Curia Re, no doubt, paid a great price for his anti “boys club” attitude.
ANS – Autograph Note Signed – a few words of greeting in Italian dated December 25, 2001; penned on his card as prefect of the Congregation of Bishops.