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American cardinal; archbishop of Philadelphia when he retired. Formerly archbishop of St. Louis. Elevated to the cardinalate in 2003.


TLS - Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, 2006, addressed to art critic and historian Victoria Donohoe (1929-2018). Interesting content about the new Episcopal Academy and church architecture. Details the process by which a parish choses an architect.


Early in his career, Rigali was earmarked for higher office. From 1964-66 he studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in preparation for his diplomatic work in the Vatican. Began service in the English section of the Secretariat of State. He then became secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Madagascar. In 1970, Rigali returned to Rome as director of the English section of the Secretariat of State and served as translator to Pope Paul VI, whom Rigali subsequently accompanied on several international trips. He also accompanied Pope John Paul II on several international pastoral visits, including his first two journeys to the US in 1979 and 1987. 


Sadly, Rigali was forced into early retirement due to legal entanglements in the priest sexual abuse activity within his archdiocese. He subsequently accepted an invitation of Bishop Stika of Knoxville to be retired bishop in residence.

RIGALI, Justin Francis (1935- )

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