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Giovanni Beltrami
Born Giuseppe Beltrami
17 January 1889
Fossano, Kingdom of Italy
Died 13 December 1973(1973-12-13) (aged 84)
Rome, Italy
Alma mater Pontifical Roman Athenaeum Saint Apollinare
Title Apostolic Internuncio Emeritus to the Netherlands
Predecessor Paolo Giobbe
Successor Angelo Felici
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Giuseppe Beltrami (17 January 1889 – 13 December 1973) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Internuncio to the Netherlands from 1959 to 1967, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1967.


Piet de Jong and Giuseppe Beltrami (1967).

Born in Fossano, Giuseppe Beltrami attended the seminary in Fossano before being ordained to the priesthood on 5 March 1916. He served as a chaplain in the Italian Army during World War I (1916–1919), and then studied until 1923 at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare, from where he obtained his doctorates in theology and in canon law, and the Royal University, earning a doctorate in letters.

From 1923 to 1926, Beltrami was a staff member of the Vatican Library. He was raised to the rank of an Honorary Chamberlain of His Holiness on 14 July 1924 and became an official of the Secretariat of State in 1926. Monsignor Beltrami then served as a lawyer for the causes of canonization and beatification in the Sacred Congregation of Rites until 1940, also being named a Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness on 9 July 1926.

On 20 February 1940, Beltrami was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala and El Salvador and titular archbishop of Damascus.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 7 April from Cardinal Luigi Maglione, with Archbishop Gabriele Vettori and Bishop Angelo Soracco serving as co-consecrators, in the church of San Carlo al Corso. Beltrami was named Nuncio to Colombia on 15 November 1945;[2] during his tenure there, he served as the papal legate to the National Eucharistic Congress in Bogotá on 29 June 1946. The Archbishop worked as a nuncio at the disposition of Secretariat of State from 1948 to 1950, when he was assigned as Nuncio to Lebanon on 4 October. Beltrami was appointed Internuncio to the Netherlands on 31 January 1959 and faced much theological dissidence in the usually progressive country.[3] The Dutch Catholic clergy once complained that Beltrami "kept the wires to Rome hot with reports of heresy in Holland".[4]

He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal Priest of S. Maria Liberatrice al Monte Testaccio in the consistory of 26 June 1967. The appointment of the successor to Beltrami's diplomatic post in the Netherlands was published on 22 July 1967. He lost the right to participate in a papal conclave upon reaching the age of 80 on 1 January 1971.

The Cardinal died in Rome, at age 84. He is buried in the cathedral of his native Fossano.


  1. Acta Apostolicae Sedis. XXXII. 1940. pp. 74, 106, 133 G, 134 S. Retrieved 17 December 2019. 
  2. Acta Apostolicae Sedis. XXXVIII. 1946. p. 163. Retrieved 17 December 2019. 
  3. TIME Magazine. In Dutch with the Vatican June 5, 1967
  4. TIME Magazine. The Pope's Fraternal Eyes July 14, 1967

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Nuncio to Guatemala
Succeeded by
Giovanni Castellani, OFM
Preceded by
Albert Levame
Nuncio to El Salvador
Succeeded by
Giovanni Castellani, OFM
Preceded by
Paolo Giobbe
Nuncio to Colombia
Succeeded by
Antonio Samoré
Preceded by
Alcide Marina, CM
Nuncio to Lebanon
Succeeded by
Paolo Bertoli
Preceded by
Paolo Giobbe
Internuncio to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Angelo Felici

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