About Cardinal Fratelli

Angelo Fratelli is a fictional cardinal drawn from the imagination of Catholic author, Rachel M. Gohlman (Rae Marie). Largely inspired by the whimsical paintings of Jehan Georges Vibert, which were intended to be anti-clerical but are in her view, quaint and hilarious.

One of Vibert’s funny cardinals








Cardinal Fratelli appears in three, comedy novellas: “The Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli”, “Cardinal Fratelli’s Christmas” and “The Cardinal and Constable”. The character’s guileless humanity is emphasized in each. Other key characteristics of Fratelli are his young age (for a cardinal that is), his excitability and stylized speech– also his lovable vanity. His qualities have been extended into “Tea with Cardinal Fratelli”, a humorous, rollicking and witty mock advice-column.

Cardinal Fratelli  is 34 years old. He lives in Lucca, Tuscany, in Italy. He has one brother, Ernesto, one aunt, Francine and three cousins, Iona, Francesca and Philomena.


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