Doctor in Canon Law, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Attended, Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome.
Ordained priest Diocese of Novara, Italy, 1945. Diplomatic posts in Venezuela, Lebanon, United States of America & Secretariat of State of Vatican City. Ordained bishop, 1968.
Apostolic nuncio to Honduras, 1968—1973. Apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, 1968—1973. Apostolic nuncio to Democratic Republic of Congo, 1973—1977.
Official of state Roman Curia, 1977—1988. Apostolic nuncio to France, 1988—1995. Pro-president Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, Rome, 1995—1998, president, 1998, president emeritus, since 1998.
Elevated to cardinal, 1998. Cardinal-deacon S. Agnese in Agone, since 1998.