Federico Tedeschini was born in 1873 and was ordained a priest in 1896. He became nuncio to Spain in 1921 and received his episcopal consecration as titular archbishop of Naupactus by Pope Benedict XV in the same year. After being elevated to the cardinalate in pectore in 1933 he was published in the consistory of 1935 with the title of S. Maria della Vittoria. He was recalled from Spain (which was on the brink of civil war with the Church suffering heavy persecution after the fall of the monarchy in 1931) and became the Papal datary in 1938 and held the position until his death in 1959. In 1952 he returned to Spain as Papal legate to the Eucharistic Congress in Barcelona.
As nuncio in Spain
As newly appointed cardinal, looking very young for his 62 years.
At the Eucharistic Congress in Barcelona, 1952
Again in Barcelona, with Francisco Franco