De Magistris, Luigi
Order in College: Cardinal Deacon
With Title: Santissimi Nome di Gesù e Maria in Via Lata
Native Country: Italy
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 14 February 2015
Ecclesiastical Office:  Titular Archbishop of Nova, Pro-Major Penitentiary Emeritus 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Luigi De Magistris was born in Cagliari, Italy on 23 February 1926. He is the last of six children of afamily which practiced daily charity, especially to the poor and needy. In fact his father was known as “the doctor of the poor.” Although his vocation to the priesthood began at a young age, before entering the seminary he earned a degree in liberal arts at the University of Cagliari and wrote his thesis on Cicero vs. St Ambrose. He moved to Rome to study at the Pontifical Roman Seminary and was ordained a priest on 12 April 1952. After his ordination he remained at the seminary for one year and then returned to Sardinia to work in parish ministry and at the diocesan ecclesiastical tribunal. In 1957 he returned to Rome and began serving as secretary at the Lateran. Then he was called to the Holy Officc to work as substitute notary. In 1969 he began as a minutant at the Council for the Church’s public affairs. In the spring of 1979 he was appointed regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Then on 8 April 1996, he was ordained a bishop, following his appointment as titular Bishop of Nova. He was appointed pro-major penitentiary on 22 November 2001; on that day he was also given the title of Archbishop. He served as pro-major penitentiary for over 20 years. In 2003 he retired and continued working in Rome in the communities of San Francesco a Ripa and in San Salvatore in Lauro. In 2010 he returned to his native city for health reasons. He was welcomed by the Archbishop of Cagliari and today continues to serve as a confessor in the Cathedral.