Gaetano De Lai
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Gaetano De Lai

Gaetano De Lai
Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals
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De Lai pictured in 1922.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed23 March 1919
Term ended24 October 1928
PredecessorLuigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano
SuccessorGennaro Granito Pignatelli di Belmonte
Other post(s)
Ordination16 April 1876
by Costantino Patrizi Naro
Consecration17 December 1911
by Pope Pius X
Created cardinal16 December 1907
by Pope Pius X
RankCardinal-Deacon (1907-11)
Cardinal-Bishop (1911-28)
Personal details
Birth nameGaetano De Lai
Born26 July 1853
Malo, Vicenza, Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia
Died24 October 1928(1928-10-24) (aged 75)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
BuriedCampo Verano (1928-29)
Santuario della Madonna Liberata di Malo
ParentsAntonio De Lai
Maria Silvagni
Previous post(s)
Alma materPontifical Roman Athenaeum Saint Apollinare

Gaetano de Lai (26 July 1853 - 24 October 1928) was an Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was part of the Roman Curia. He was an outspoken defender of the French monarchist Action française.[1]


De Lai was born in Malo, Vicenza. He was made cardinal in 1907 by Pope Pius X, who also, four years later, consecrated him as titular bishop of Sabina in 1911.

He took part in the 1914 conclave which elected Pope Benedict XV, and the 1922 conclave which chose Pope Pius XI.

He died in Rome.


  1. ^ Weber, Eugene (1962). Action française: royalism and reaction in twentieth century France. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. p. 35. ISBN 9780804701341.

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