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17.10.2007 @ 19:16

Br. Umberto Betti, O.F.M. appointed Cardinal by Benedict XVI

Br. Umberto Betti, was born in Pieve Santo Stefano (Tuscany) on the 7th March 1922. He began his novitiate in the Province of St. Francis Stigmatised in Tuscany on the 23rd July1937, made his first profession on the 2nd August 1938 and his solemn profession on the 31st December 1943. He was ordained priest on the 5th April 1946.

Having obtained his doctorate in Dogmatic Theology and followed specialised studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, he was appointed professor at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome, where he taught until the 27th September 1991. He was a consultant to the Preparatory Theological Commission for the II Vatican Council, in which he was also an expert. He contributed to the writing of the Dogmatic Constitutions “Dei Verbum” and “Lumen Gentium”. He held many important posts in the Roman Curia. He was Rector Magnificus of the Latern Pontifical University from 1991 to 1995. Also of note is the conferring of the Diploma Emeritus, on the part of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, as well as the ‘Fiorino d’oro’ (golden florin) award present to him in the ‘Salone de’ Dugento’ in Florence as the personal theologian of the Archbishop Ermenegildo Florit. Br. Betti is living at the Provincial Infirmary of ‘St. Francis’ on the hill of Fiesole at the moment.