[CHINA - CARDINAL CONSTANTINI]: Celso Benigno Constantini (1876-1958) Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal. Founder of the Disciples of the Lord. Best known for his work of evangelization in China and his help to missionaries. Pope Pius XI appointed Constantini as the first Apostolic Delegate to China in 1922. An excellent hand written prayer, 4to, thin paper, carefully penned in bold black ink Chinese characters, to a partially printed sheet in red Chinese characters too. Together with an attractive 4 x 8 yellow envelope, with red printed Chinese characters, and hand addressed to Cardinal Constantini in large bold black ink Chinese characters too. Post-stamped, bearing two ink cancellations to the front and one to the verso, Pekin, 2nd of April 1924. The envelope was sent on the occasion of the first episcopal conference in Shanghai, summoned by Constantini, leading the bishops to dedicate the Church in China to Our Lady of Sheshan. The envelope bears a pencil annotation in Italian to the verso. VG

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