Bedini, Cajetan

(1806-1864) Cardinal and diplomat, born Sinigaglia, Italy; died Viterbo, Italy. From 1849 to 1852 he acted as papal commissary extraordinary at Bologna, and in 1853 was named Apostolic nuncio to Brazil, and instructed to first make it visit to the United States. His arrival in New York was the signal for an anti-Catholic outburst caused by the Knownothing element and the immigrant Italian revolutionaries, and a plot to assassinate him was defeated. After his return from America, 1854, he was appointed to the See of Viterbo and Toscanella.

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