Justin Francis Rigali

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Date of Birth April 19, 1935
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California
Age 85 years old
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Justin Francis Rigali

Justin Francis Rigali is an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the eighth Archbishop of Philadelphia, having previously served as Archbishop of St. Louis from 1994 to 2003. Rigali was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003.

See: Philadelphia
Appointed: July 15, 2003
Installed: October 7, 2003
Term ended: July 19, 2011
Predecessor: Anthony Bevilacqua
Successor: Charles Chaput
Other posts: Cardinal-Priest of S. Prisca, Episcopal Liaison to CMSWR
Ordination: April 25, 1961, by James Francis McIntyre
Consecration: September 14, 1985, by John Paul II, Eduardo Martínez Somalo, and Achille Silvestrini
Created Cardinal: October 21, 2003, by John Paul II
Rank: Cardinal-Priest
Born: Apr 19, 1935, Los Angeles, California
Nationality: American
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Previous post: President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (1985–1990), Titular Archbishop of Volsinium (1985–1994), Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops (1989–1994), Secretary of the College of Cardinals (1990–1994), Roman Catholic Archbishop of St. Louis (1994–2003), Apostolic Administrator of Scranton sede vacante (2009–2010)
Motto: VERBUM CARO FACTUM EST, (The Word Became Flesh)

About Justin Francis Rigali

American cardinal of the Catholic Church who has served as both the Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Archbishop of St. Louis.

Before Fame

He received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Catholic University of America in 1961.


In 2007 he was appointed to the Congregation for Bishops, the curia department that puts forward to the Pope its recommendations of priests that might be appointed as bishops.

Family Life

He is the youngest of seven siblings.


He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

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  • Catholic Church in the United States - The Catholic Church in the United States is part of the worldwide Catholic Church in communion with the Pope in Rome. With 70.4 million members, it is the largest religious denomination in the United States, comprising 22% of the population as of 2017.
  • Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States - The number references the sequence of consecration. "Diocese" refers to the diocese over which the bishop presided or, if he did not preside, the diocese in which he served as coadjutor bishop or auxiliary bishop.
  • Archbishops of St. Louis
  • Presidents of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy
  • Archbishops of Philadelphia
  • Members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
  • Members of the Congregation for Bishops
  • American cardinals
  • Pontifical North American College alumni
  • Members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy alumni
  • American Roman Catholic archbishops
  • Cardinals created by Pope John Paul II
  • Diplomats of the Holy See
  • Pontifical Gregorian University alumni
  • Catholic University of America alumni
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