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Italian cardinal; archbishop of Capua. Created a cardinal in 1885 by Leo XIII. Prefect of the Vatican Library. Member of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. He was superior of that order in Naples for 15 years. He obtained the church of the Girolaminini and the cloister with the famous library given the status of national monument and he was elected their superintendent. Vice-librarian of the Church. An elegant and prolific writer who published numerous works in Catholic doctrine and morals, and especially in ecclesiastical history and biographies of leading Catholic figures.


ALS - Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, 1901, addressed to Professor Pasquale Papa, Florence. Accompanied by original envelope as well as a letter from Professor Papa. In this letter Cardinal Capecelatro refers to an invitation by the “Commission” to attend a public reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy. In part reads “I received your welcome letter and warmly thank you and the Commission for the invitation to attend the public reading of the Divine Comedy. If advantaged age and poor health did not prevent me from the long journey, I would be very happy to renew my acquaintance with my beloved Florence. It must be enough for me to ponder that (Florence) is the city of San Filippo, Beato Angelico, and that of Dante. Your invitation to comment on some songs of the Divine poem would please me very much and it would be a great honor. I should not be silent about never having done any Dantesque studies. I am deeply convinced that in Dante’s epic poem so much light Christian beauty shines…” 



CAPECELATRO ORAT., Cardinal Alfonso (1824-1912)