The 12th January 1953 he was created cardinal by Pious XII and appointed Patriarch of Venice. The Program of his service as a pastor, expressed in his first homily in Saint Marco, shows the spirit that supported him, He said to the Venetians: “J want to be your lovely brother”. He did not buy a boat or a gondola following the traditions of the patriarchs. In order to move in the lagoon he used to take the public means of transportation. In Venice it was said about him: “ Everybody who meets him in the “calli” have the impression that the patriarch have for him a particular attention”.