Sebastiano Nicotra

Sebastiano Nicotra (31 August 1855 – 21 May 1929) was an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church who served in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. From 1916 to 1929 he was an apostolic nuncio with the rank of archbishop.


Sebastiano Nicotra was born on 31 August 1855 in San Alfio di Giarre, Italy. He earned a degree in canon law at the Almo Collegio Capranica. He was ordained a priest on 21 December 1978.

He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1889 and served as secretary in the apostolic nunciature to Belgium. In 1900 he became auditor in the Bavaria and then an advisor in the nunciature in Austria-Hungary in Vienna.

On 16 December 1916, Pope Benedict XV appointed him titular archbishop of Heraclea in Europa and Apostolic Nuncio to Chile.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on 6 January 1917 from Pope Benedict.[citation needed]

On 1 October 1918, Pope Benedict named him Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium.[2] For six months in 1920 Nicotra was Apostolic Administrator of Eupen–Malmedy–Sankt Vith, an area on the Belgian-German border where a referendum was being held to confirm the transfer of control to Belgium. His role was that of a neutral outsider. The German-speaking priests of the territory continued to look to Germany for leadership while treating him respectfully.[3][4]

On 30 May 1923, Pope Pius X appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Portugal.[5]

He died on 21 May 1929 at the age of 73.[6]


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  1. ^ .mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit;word-wrap:break-word}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .citation:target{background-color:rgba(0,127,255,0.133)}.mw-parser-output a{background:url(“//”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output a,.mw-parser-output a{background:url(“//”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output a{background:url(“//”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url(“//”)right 0.1em center/12px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output .cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:none;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;color:#d33}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{color:#d33}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#2C882D;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit} .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{color:#18911F} .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error, .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{color:#f8a397}@media(prefers-color-scheme:dark){ .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error, .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{color:#f8a397} .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{color:#18911F}}Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. IX. 1917. pp. 16, 165. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. X. 1918. p. 470. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  3. ^ O’Connell, Vincent (2017). The Annexation of Eupen-Malmedy: Becoming Belgian, 1919–1929. Springer. pp. 204–5. ISBN 9781349952953. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ Stehlin, Stewart A. (2014). Weimar and the Vatican, 1919-1933: German-Vatican Diplomatic Relations in the Interwar Years. Princeton University Press. p. 166. ISBN 9781400857036. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. XV. 1923. p. 381. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). Vol. XXI. 1929. p. 336. Retrieved 13 May 2020.

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