Thursday, July 10, 2008
Franziskus Cardinal von Bettinger
He was born in 1850 in Landstuhl/Germany as the oldest of six kids to a horseshoe-maker. After studies in Innsbruck and Würzburg he was ordained a priest in 1873. In 1895 he became a member of the cathedral chapter in Speyer. In 1909 he was made archbishop of Munich and Freising. He was consecrated by the then nuncio to Germany, Andreas Franz Frühwirth. In 1914 Pope Pius X created him a cardinal with the title of San Marcello. During the first World War he was very diligent in providing pastoral care for the soldiers. He dies suddenly on April 12th 1917 because of a heart attack.