Giuseppe Sensi
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Giuseppe Sensi

Giuseppe Maria Sensi
Cardinal-Priest of Regina Apostolorum
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed22 June 1987
Term ended26 July 2001
PredecessorErmenegildo Florit
SuccessorVirgilio Noè
Ordination21 December 1929
Consecration24 July 1955
by Valerio Valeri
Created cardinal24 May 1976
by Pope Paul VI
RankCardinal-Deacon (1976-87)
Cardinal-Priest (1987-2001)
Personal details
Birth nameGiuseppe Maria Sensi
Born27 May 1907
Cosenza, Kingdom of Italy
Died26 July 2001(2001-07-26) (aged 94)
Clinic Pio XI, Rome, Italy
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeSardes (titular see)

Giuseppe Maria Sensi (27 May 1907 - 26 July 2001) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as a longtime Vatican diplomat.


Sensi was born in Cosenza, Italy, on 27 May 1907,[1] the sixth of ten children of a prominent local politician.[] He was ordained a priest in December 1929 at the age of 22.

In preparation for a diplomat's career he completed the course of study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1931.[2]

By 1934 he was working in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He worked in minor roles in many nunciatures.[]Pope Pius XII named him Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO on 21 May 1953.[3]

On 21 May 1955 Pope Pius XII appointed him Titular Archbishop of Sardes and Apostolic Nuncio to Costa Rica. He was consecrated a bishop on 24 July.

He was appointed Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine on 12 January 1957.[4]Pope Paul VI appointed him on 10 May 1962 the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.[5] He was transferred to Portugal on 8 July 1967.[1]

On 24 May 1976 he was created Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari by Pope Paul at the age of 69.[1] He took part in both of the conclaves of 1978 that elected Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II.

After ten years as a Cardinal Deacon he took the option of becoming a Cardinal-Priest on 22 June 1987, becoming Cardinal-Priest of Regina Apostolorum.

He died at the age of 94 on 26 July 2001.


  1. ^ a b c Keogh, Dermot (1995). Ireland and the Vatican: The Politics and Diplomacy of Church-state Relations, 1922-1960. Cork University Press. p. 372. ISBN 9780902561960.
  2. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1900 - 1949" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Melnyk, Roman A. (2009). Vatican Diplomacy at the United Nations: A History of Catholic Global Engagement. Edwin Mellon Press. p. 26.
  4. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). IL. 1957. p. 176. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). LIV. 1962. p. 176. Retrieved 2019.

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