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American cardinal. He served as Archbishop of Cincinnati from 1972 until 1982, and as Archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until his death in 1996 from pancreatic cancer. Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta. General Secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bernardin was elevated to the cardinalate in 1983 by Pope John Paul II.


ANS - Autograph Note Signed, one page, 28 August 1979, on his full-color heraldic-crested engraved stationery as Archbishop of Cincinnati.  Reads:  To……With cordial good wishes. +Joseph L. Bernardin, Archbishop of Cincinnati. Aug. 28, 1979. Excellent condition.


In 1985, Bernadin established an AIDS task force to determine how the Archdiocese might best care for those stricken by the AIDS crisis. In 1989, he dedicated Bonaventure House with the help of the Alexian Brothers, a residential facility for people suffering with AIDS. Bernardin was also lauded for his anti-pornography work, his leadership of the U.S. bishops, and the presidency of the Catholic Church Extension Society. The Windy City Gay Men’s Chorus performed at Bernardin’s funeral, reportedly at his request.


JOSEPH E. BALMER (1929-2013) was an Ohio banker and civic leader who, for decades, collected autographs in diverse categories.  Much of his collection was dispersed through RR Auctions and other online outlets.


NOTA BENE:  We also have a small signed color photo of Bernardin priced at $45.00



BERNARDIN, JOSEPH L. (1928-1996)

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