|1 Apr 1757||Born||Valletta, Malta|
|20 Sep 1802||45.5||Appointed||Titular Archbishop of Berytus|
|21 Dec 1802||45.7||Ordained Bishop||Titular Archbishop of Berytus|
|20 Sep 1803||46.5||Appointed||Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland|
|1815||57.8||Appointed||Secretary of the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars|
|8 Mar 1816||58.9||Elevated to Cardinal||In Pectore|
|6 Apr 1818||61.0||Appointed||Cardinal-Priest of S. Pudenziana|
|6 Apr 1818||61.0||Appointed||Bishop of Senigallia, Italy|
|6 Apr 1818||61.0||Elevated to Cardinal|
|3 Aug 1843||86.3||Died||Bishop of Senigallia, Italy|
|Episcopal Lineage / Apostolic Succession: |
Cardinal Fabrizio Sceberras Testaferrata (1757-1843), Apostolic Nuncio and subsequently an important figure in the Roman Curia was born in Valletta and was created cardinal reserved in pectore in 1816 and elevated to
cardinal-priest two years later.
The first conclave at which Cardinal Sceberras Testaferrrata voted was that of September 2-28, 1823, which elected Pope Leo XII as Supreme Pontiff. This was followed by the conclave of March 24-31, 1829 which elected Pope Pius VIII. The Maltese cardinal's last conclave, which elected Pope Gregory XVI, was also his longest, lasting from December 14, 1830 to February 2, 1831! By this time, Cardinal Sceberras Testaferrata was among the most senior in the College of Cardinals. He was never absent from a conclave.
April 1, 1757, Valletta, Malta. Son of Pasquale Sceberras Testaferrata and Lucrezia Dorell. Baptized, April 3, 1757. His last name is also listed as Testaferrata Scebarras; as Xeberras; and as Scriberras.
Collegio Clementino, Rome (1771); La Sapienza University, Rome (doctorate in utroque iure, November 26, 1785).
Received the insignias clerical character, September 12, 1768. Canon coadjutor of the canonry of Ghar-Barca, 1770. Referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signature of Justice and of Grace, December 15, 1785. Governor of Narni, August 8, 1786 until 1790. Governor of Città di Castello, August 13, 1790 until 1794. Governor of Fano, March 7, 1794. Granted the Crucem Aureaum Devotionis by the grand master of the Order of Malta, December 12, 1786. Apostolic delegate in Camerino, 1800. Apostolic delegate in Marche, June 26, 1801.
Elected titular archbishop of Berito, September 20, 1802. Consecrated, Tuesday December 21, 1802, church of Ss. Domenico e Sisto, Rome, by Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Doria, assisted by Benedetto Fenaja, titular archbishop of Filippi, and by Francesco Bertazzoli, titular archbishop of Edessa. Nuncio in Switzerland, September 20, 1803 until 1816. Secretary of the S.C. of Bishops and Regulars, 1815.
Created cardinal and reserved in pectore in the consistory of March 8, 1816; published in the consistory of April 6, 1818; received the red hat, April 9, 1818; and the title of S. Pudenziana, May 25, 1818. Transferred to the see of Senigallia, April 6, 1818. Participated in the conclave of 1823, which elected Pope Leo XII. Participated in the conclave of 1829, which elected Pope Pius VIII. Participated in the conclave of 1830-1831, which elected Pope Gregory XVI. He was the first Maltese cardinal.
August 3, 1843, Senigallia. Exposed and buried in the cathedral of Senigallia.