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Paolo Giobbe
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Paolo Giobbe (January 10, 1880—August 14, 1972) was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Papal Datary in the Roman Curia from 1959 to 1968, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1958.


Paolo Giobbe was born in Rome, and studied at the Pontifical Roman Seminary (from where he obtained doctorates in theology and canon law). He was ordained to the priesthood on December 4, 1904, and then did pastoral work in Rome until 1909. Made a Pontifical Ceremonery Supernumerary on May 3, 1909, Giobbe served as a censor of the Roman Liturgical Academy, minutant in the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, and an assistant at the Pontifical Urbaniana University from 1909 to 1918. In 1911, he was a Papal Ablegatus for the imposition of the red biretta on Cardinal Enrique Almaraz y Santos, Archbishop of Seville. Giobbe was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on November 6, 1917, and rector of the Pontifical Urbaniana University in 1918.

On March 30, 1925, Giobbe was appointed Nuncio to Colombia and Titular Archbishop of Ptolemais in Thebaide. He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 26 from Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, with Archbishop Tito Trocchi and Bishop Alessandro Fontana serving as co-consecrators, in the chapel of the Urbaniana. Giobbe was later named Internuncio, with title of nuncio ad personam, to the Netherlands on August 12, 1935, and created Cardinal Priest of S. Maria in Vallicella by Pope John XXIII in the consistory of December 15, 1958.

Giobbe was made Papal Datary on November 14, 1959, and remained in that Curial post until it was suppressed on January 1, 1968. On August 8, 1961, he was made Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. From 1962 to 1965, Giobbe attended the Second Vatican Council, during the course of which he participated in the 1963 papal conclave that selected Pope Paul VI.

Giobbe died in Rome, at age 92, as the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. He is buried in the chapel of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples at the Campo di Verano cemetery.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Enrico Gasparri
Nuncio to Colombia
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Beltrami
Preceded by
Cesare Orsenigo
Nuncio to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Beltrami
Preceded by
Federico Tedeschini
Papal Datary
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Benedetto Aloisi Masella
Oldest Living Cardinal
September 30, 1970– August 14, 1972
Succeeded by
José da Costa Nunes

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