Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences to Archbishop Giuseppe Baturi of Cagliari, Italy, expressing his sadness at the passing of Cardinal Luigi De Magistris, Pro-Penitentiary Major Emeritus, who died Wednesday, February 16 at the age of 95. years. the “impeccable priestly zeal of the Cardinal who served the Lord and the Church with great dedication” and “his love for the ministry of Reconciliation”, the Holy Father expressed his gratitude for his “generous commitment” to the Holy – Siege as “diligent and wise collaborator” of previous popes.
Pope Francis prayed that, through the intercession of Our Lady, the Lord might “welcome this faithful servant into heavenly Jerusalem.”
Cardinal De Magistris was born in Cagliari on February 23, 1926. After his priestly ordination on April 12, 1952, he served in parish ministry and in the diocesan ecclesiastical tribunal. On October 1, 1958, he entered the service of the Holy See as secretary of the Lateran Athenaeum and, from February 1959, he served in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, first as substitute notary, then as summit. In February 1969, he was transferred as minutant to the Council of Public Affairs of the Church and on May 2, 1979, he was appointed regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
He was ordained bishop on April 28, 1996, following his appointment as titular of Nova. On November 22, 2001, he was appointed Major Pro-Penitentiary, a position he held until October 7, 2003. Cardinal De Magistris was consultor of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the causes of the saints, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”.
He was created and proclaimed cardinal by Pope Francis during the consistory of February 14, 2015.