II., Pope. Niccolo' 'Nicholas' b. 1010 d. July 27, 1061 Pope. A Burgundian named Gerard, who at the time of his election was bishop of Florence. In his short pontificate (1058 to 1061) Niccolo' II did much. He renewed the election decrees in 1061. He condemned Berengarius, a Frenchman who denied transubstantiation. He fostered reform by means of energetic legates; and he made Hildebrand, reform's greatest champion, archdeacon of the Roman church. (Bio by: MC) Cathedral of Florence, Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Benelli, Cardinal. Giovanni b. May 12, 1921 d. October 26, 1982 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Poggiole di Vernio born Giovanni Benelli was the youngest of the five surviving children of Luigi Benelli and Maria Simoni. His uncle, Friar Guido Benelli entered the Order of Franciscan Friars Minor and died with fame of holiness. Entering seminary in Pistoia on October 18, 1931, he later moved to Rome to further studies at the Pontifical French Seminary, the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Ordained priest on October 21, 1943...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Florence, Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy Plot: Archbishopric Crypt Beneath The Chapel Of The Most Blessed Sacrament.
Dalla Costa, Cardinal. Elia b. May 14, 1872 d. December 22, 1961 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The youngest of five children of whom only two survived infancy, Elia Dalla Costa received his early education at the seminaries of Vicenza and Padua, graduating in Letters from the latter city's university in 1897. Ordained priest for the diocese of Vicenza, he was soon appointed substitute to the parish priest of his native Villaverla who was facing difficulties in running the parishes due to his advanced age. Appointed professor of Letters at the seminary of Vicenza...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Florence, Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Florit, Cardinal. Ermenegildo b. July 5, 1901 d. December 8, 1985 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Fagagna born Ermenegildo Florit came from a family of labourers, one of nine children. Entering seminary in Udine, he was ordained priest there on April 11, 1925. Archpriest of Palmanova in Friuli and chaplain of the local hospital, furthering his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Lateran Athenaeum, he was a long-time member of the teaching faculty of the named Pontifical Lateran Athenaeum between 1929...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Florence, Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy Plot: Archbishopric Crypt Beneath The Chapel Of The Most Blessed Sacrament.
Giotto (di Bondone) (Ambrogio) b. 1266 d. January 8, 1337 Artist, Architect. Acknowledged as the most important painter of the 1300s. Giotto's art represented the first stirrings of the Italian Renaissance. He broke with the flat, unrealistic Byzantine style of his day and painted from direct observation of nature. Although he rarely used genuine perspective, he achieved a sense of depth through skillful use of light and shadow and a remarkable gift for composition. Above all he emphasized the human drama in his religious scenes, which still...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cathedral of Florence*, Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.