His Most Reverend Eminence Scipione Cardinal Tecchi J.C.D. S.T.D.
(27 June 1854
- 22 January 1915
) was a Cardinal
of the Roman Catholic Church
and was former Prefect of the Congregation of Rites
Scipione Tecchi was born in Rome, Italy. He was educated at the Pontifical Roman Seminary where he was awarded doctorates in theology and canon law.
He was ordained on 23 December 1876
. After his ordaination he did pastoral work in diocese of Rome
from 1877 until 1908. He also worked as a scriptor of the Apostolic Penitentiary
. He was created Privy chamberlain supernumerary
on 22 December 1893
. He was also beneficiary coadjutor of the chapter of the patriarchal Vatican basilica in 1899 as well as being Canon
of the patriarchal Lateran basilica. He was raised to the level of Domestic prelate on 6 May 1901
and finally Protonotary apostolicon 27 September
of that year.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Domnica
in the consistory of 25 May 1914
by Pope Pius X
, in which that future Pope Benedict XV
was also created cardinal. Cardinal Tecchi participated in the conclave of 1914
that elected Benedict XV. He was appointed as Prefect of the Congregation of Rites
on 8 November 1914
, holding the post until his death in early 1915. He was buried at the Campo di Verano cemetery