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GREGORY XVII (?)  Italian cardinal-archbishop of Genoa (1946-87); papabile in three papal conclaves; oft-referred to as the Pope in Red.

ANS - Autograph Note Signed: on imprinted biglietto with original mailing envelope addressed in the hand of Siri. Dated April 15, 1970. Believe he reciprocates Easter greetings (references a feast). Right hand border has two filing punch holes, well away from handwriting. Overall very good.


According to numerous reliable sources, Siri was elected supreme pontiff, taking the name Gregory XVII.  It is widely assumed that, upon abdication due to pressure from fellow-cardinals, he was obligated to never speak publicly about the conclave proceedings. According to the late Father Peter Khoat Van Tran …He, Pope Gregory XVII, admitted in front of me that ‘he was Pope Gregory XVII’…His (this) confirmation took place in Rome on 14 June 1988.

SIRI, GIUSEPPE (1906-89)

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