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French Catholic cardinal who was archbishop of Paris from 1908 to 1920. He was coadjutor to Cardinal richard de la Vergne of Paris


ALS - Autograph Letter Signed; one page, 18 July 1918. Accompanied by a 4"x5" color litho print image (vintage).


As archbishop of Paris, Amette had to confront the results of the law separating Church and State (1905) but he adopted a peaceful attitude toward the civil power in order to prepare a reconciliation. During WWI he promoted the Union sacrée and frequently served as intermediary between the French government and the Holy See. In his archdiocese he erected 16 new parish churches and 29 chapels and gave a great impetus to diocesan works.


Amette was very pious, a Dominican tertiary, and a talented orator. He published a number of his pastoral letters and sermons as well as several short tracts on varied religious topics and current problems.


He was made a cardinal in 1911 with the rank of cardinal priest and the title of S. Sabina. Participated in the 1914 papal conclave which elected Pope Benedict XV. Consecrated the Basilique du Sacré-Coeurin 1919.

AMETTE, Leon Adolphe (1850-1920)

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