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Pericle Felici

His Eminence
Pericle Felici
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Ordination 1933
Consecration 28 October 1960
by Pope John XXIII
Created Cardinal 26 June 1967
by Pope Paul VI
Rank Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine
Personal details
Born (1911-08-01)1 August 1911
Segni, Rome
Died 22 March 1982(1982-03-22) (aged 70)
Denomination Roman Catholic

Pericle Felici (1 August 1911, Segni, Rome – 22 March 1982, Foggia) was a cardinal of the Catholic Church.


Born in Segni, Rome on 1 August 1911, he first studied theology at the local seminary of Segni, and afterwards at the Roman Pontifical Seminary.

He was ordained as a priest in 1933. In 1960 he was appointed as the titular archbishop of Samosata and shortly afterwards in the same year, was ordained as a bishop. He participated actively as a general secretary working at the Second Vatican Council.

Due to his work as President of Interpretation of Legislative Texts, he is considered as the architect in the revision of the Code of Canon Law. In 1967, he was elevated to the cardinalate as the Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine. In 1977 he was appointed as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in the Roman Curia.

Styles of
Pericle Felici
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Samosata (titular)

In 1978, during the Year of the Three Popes Cardinal Felici participated in both the August and October papal conclaves. Because he was the Senior Cardinal Deacon at that time, he had the rare honor of giving twice the Habemus Papam announcement, the first after the election of Albino Luciani as Pope John Paul I, and the second, after the election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope John Paul II. As the Senior Cardinal-Deacon, Cardinal Felici also had the honor of bestowing the pallium on both popes at their respective papal inaugurations.

His title as cardinal-deacon was later changed to cardinal-priest on 20 June 1979.

He died in 1982.

External links

  • Pericle Felici's page at the website
  • John Paul I Election and First Blessing on YouTube (Pericle Felici announcing the election of Pope John Paul I)
  • RAIStoria Elezione Giovanni Paolo II (Pericle Felici announcing the election of Pope John Paul II)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Charles Journet
Cardinal Protodeacon
5 March 1973 – 30 June 1979
Succeeded by
Sergio Pignedoli
Preceded by
Dino Staffa
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
13 September 1977 – 22 March 1982
Succeeded by
Aurelio Sabattani
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