|Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria della Scala|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Archdiocese||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shkodër-Pult|
|Metropolis||Archdiocese of Shkodër-Pult|
|Appointed||19 November 2016|
|Installed||11 February 2017|
|Ordination||7 April 1956|
|Created cardinal||19 November 2016|
by Pope Francis
|Birth name||Ernest Simoni|
|Born||18 October 1928|
|Denomination||Catholic (Latin Rite)|
|Motto||Albanian: Zemra jeme dotë triumfojë (My Immaculate Heart will Triumph)|
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Ernest Simoni was born in 1928.
He entered the Franciscan seminary in 1938 while remaining there until 1948 when the Communist regime of Enver Hoxha closed the college in a wave of anti-religious sentiment and persecution. He was ordained to the priesthood on 7 April 1956.
On 24 December 1963 he was imprisoned by the Communist authorities because he celebrated a Mass in memory of assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was converted into a prison term and he spent 28 years at penal labour, first in a mine and then in a sewage canal. He celebrated Mass using smuggled bread and grapes. By the late 1990s, he exercised his ministry in several Albanian villages.
On 9 October 2016, Pope Francis announced that he would create Simoni a cardinal in the consistory held on 19 November of the same year. He was given special dispensation not to be consecrated a bishop prior to the consistory.
At the consistory, he was assigned the titular church of Santa Maria della Scala.