Augustinian cardinal, born in 1835 in Polignano a Mare, Italy; died in 1902 in Rome, Italy.
He was entrusted by Pope Leo XIII with several missions and took part in the Vatican Council as a theologian and interpreter for the Oriental bishops.
As Oriental scholar he held important positions.
He discovered and edited a valuable Arabic version of the "Diatessaron," and published the extant fragments of a very ancient Coptic Old Testament in the Borgian museum.
In 1893 he was made secretary for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
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