Aldo Moro

Italian politician (1916-1978)

Aldo Romeo Luigi Moro (September 23, 1916 – May 9, 1978) was an Italian politician who was the 38th Prime Minister of Italy from December 4, 1963 through June 24, 1968. He was also the Italian Minister of Justice, the Italian Minister of Education, and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. His political career would last from 1963 from 1974. He was a Roman Catholic.

Aldo Moro
38th Prime Minister of Italy
In office
December 4, 1963 – June 24, 1968
DeputyPietro Nenni
Preceded byGiovanni Leone
Succeeded byGiovanni Leone
In office
November 23, 1974 – July 29, 1976
PresidentGiovanni Leone
DeputyUgo La Malfa
Preceded byMariano Rumor
Succeeded byGiulio Andreotti
Minister of Justice
In office
July 6, 1955 – May 15, 1957
Prime MinisterAntonio Segni
Preceded byMichele De Pietro
Succeeded byuido Gonella
Minister of Public Instruction
In office
May 19, 1957 – February 15, 1959
Prime Minister
Preceded byPaolo Rossi
Succeeded byGiuseppe Medici
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
December 28, 1964 – March 5, 1965
Preceded byGiuseppe Saragat
Succeeded byAmintore Fanfani
In office
December 30, 1965 – February 28, 1966
Preceded byAmintore Fanfani
Succeeded byAmintore Fanfani
In office
May 5, 1969 – July 29, 1972
Prime Minister
Preceded byPietro Nenni
Succeeded byGiuseppe Medici
In office
July 7, 1973 – November 23, 1974
Prime MinisterMariano Rumor
Preceded byGiuseppe Medici
Succeeded byMariano Rumor
Personal details
Aldo Romeo Luigi Moro

(1916-09-23)September 23, 1916
Maglie, Apulia, Italy
DiedMay 9, 1978(1978-05-09) (aged 61)
Rome, Latium, Italy
Cause of deathMurder by firearm
Political partyChristian Democracy

Aldo Romeo Luigi Moro was born on September 23, 1916 in Maglie, Apulia, Italy and studied at the University of Bari and at Sapienza University of Rome. Moro was married and had 4 children.

Moro was kidnapped on March 16, 1978 by the Red Brigades (BR), a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization. On May 9, 1978, the Red Brigades said that he would go free so they sent him to a car. As Moro began to enter the car, he was fatally shot after 55 days of his captivity. He was 61 years old.[1] In fact, Pope Paul VI "offered himself in exchange … for Aldo Moro …".[2]


  1. 1978: Aldo Moro snatched at gunpoint, "On This Day", BBC
  2. Holmes, J. Derek, and Bernard W. Bickers. A Short History of the Catholic Church. London: Burns and Oates, 1983. 291.

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