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Umberto Mozzoni

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Umberto Cardinal Mozzoni was an Argentine prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Nuncio to Brazil from 1969 to 1973, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1973.

Umberto Mozzoni was born in Buenos Aires, but his family later moved to Macerata, Italy. He attended the seminary there before going to Rome, where he studied at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare, and the University of Rome. Ordained a priest on August 14, 1927, Mozzoni then did pastoral work in the Diocese of Macerata and taught at its seminary until 1935. He successively served as secretary and auditor of the apostolic delegations to Canada and Great Britain, and to the nunciature to Portugal. He was raised to the rank of a Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on October 7, 1936, and a Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on January 2, 1948.

Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Deacon of S. Eugenio in the consistory of March 5, 1973. On June 19, 1974, Mozzoni was appointed President of the Cardinalatial Commission for the Shrines of Pompei and Loreto. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the conclaves of August and October 1978, which selected Popes John Paul I and John Paul II respectfully. Mozzoni was Cardinal Protodeacon from June 15, 1980 until he chose to become a Cardinal Priest, with the same titular church, on February 2, 1983.

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