Sabattani, Aurelio Cardinal (1912 – 2003)
Italian cardinal; important member of the Roman Curia; prefect of the Apostolic Signature.
ANS – Autograph Note Signed, 1995, on his imprinted biglietto. Several words in his handwriting with full signature. Excellent example.
Sabattani required dispensation for ordination as he was younger than the canonical age of 24. Following ordination he continued studies from 1935-39 in Rome. He began his ecclesiastical career in 1939 working as aiutante di studio in the Secretariat of State while, at the same time, studying at the Studio Rotale to become an advocate at the Sacred Roman Rota. Unfortunately, family obligations called him home to Imola in 1940 as his brother and sister were thirteen and eleven. Nevertheless, he served as a faculty member of the local seminary and as diocesan chancellor. During the summer months, Sabattani worked at the Vatican Secretariat of State from 1942-47. In 1943 he was named auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota.
Sabattani was named prelate of Loreto and pontifical delegate of its shrine in 1965. He also served as pro-prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature and pro-president of the Vatican Court of Appeals. He was created a cardinal in 1983.