Cardinal Agagianian

Cardinal Agagianian

Since St. Jude was an apostle among the Armenians, it is important for me to bring to light the achievements of another great Armenian Catholic. Gregory Cardinal Agagianian was named 50 years ago to become head of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Propaganda Fide) by Pope Pius XII. He was born and raised in present-day Georgia as a Catholic and attended a school run by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

During the course of his long clerical career, Cardinal Agagianian would hold many important offices in the Church. It was rumored that during the conclaves of 1958 and 1963, Cardinal Agagianian was elected Pope by the College of Cardinals and that he refused the honor. Yet it is a testament ot his career in the Church that he served as the prefect of the Armenian College in Rome and the head of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith

During Vatican II, the cardinal was appointed to be a member of the leading body of the Council together with Cardinals Suenens, Lecaro, and Dopfner. Cardinal Agagianian served as Patriarch of the Armenians from 1937 to 1962 and was head of Propaganda Fide from 1958 to his death in 1971.

Interestingly enough, Cardinal Agagianian ordained to the Holy Priesthood George Cardinal Pell and Francis Cardinal Arinze.

Cardinal Agagianian is buried in the Armenian parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Rome.

For more information on Cardinal Agagianian click here, here, here, and here.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.