, Saint. Vibiana [original burial site] d. August 31, 250 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint. A 3rd Century Christian martyr, she is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. Her relics are enshrined there. All we know about her is that she died for her faith, and the history of her sainthood is an odyssey reflecting the growth of the city and changes within the Catholic Church at large. The existence of Vibiana was discovered in Rome on December 9, 1853, during excavation of the Pretestato Catacombs near the Appian Way. Workmen unearthed a...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Pretestato Catacombs, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
, Saint. Zephyrinus Roman Catholic Pope and Saint. Zephyrinus, the fifteenth Pope served as Pope from the year 199 to December 20, 217. He was described as a simple man without education. This is evidently to be understood as meaning that he had not achieved a higher education and had devoted himself to the practical administration of the Church and not to theological learning. During his years as pope the Church endured severe persecutions under Emperor Severus. He lived during the time when the bishops of Rome...[Read More] (Bio by: Saratoga) Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: One of the oldest underground burial-place. It dates from the beginning of the third century. AKA Catacombs of Saint Callistus on the Appian Way
Acquaviva d'Aragona, Cardinal. Ottavio b. September 23, 1609 d. September 26, 1674 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of Giosia Acquaviva, 12th Duke of Atri, and Margherita Ruffo, of the Princes of Scilla, Ottavio Acquaviva d'Aragona came from a family of Neapolitan patricians. Moving to Rome during the pontificate of Pope Urban VIII, he was named chamberlain of honor of His Holiness and relator of the Sacred Congregation of Good Government until being appointed governor of Jesi in 1638. Successively appointed to the governorships of Orvieto, Ancona and Viterbo, as well as...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Agagianian, Cardinal. Grégoire Pierre b. September 18, 1895 d. May 16, 1971 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in present day Georgia, Gazaros Agagianian received his first education in the Caucasus until moving to Rome at the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum De Propaganda Fide. Ordained priest there in December 1917, he was successively named to the teaching faculty of the Pontifical Armenian College of which he later served as rector between 1932 and 1937. Elected bishop of the titular see of Comana di Armenia in 1935 at the early age of thirty nine, he received his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) San Nicola da Tolentino agli Orti Sallustiani, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Aiuti, Cardinal. Andrea b. June 17, 1849 d. April 28, 1905 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Roman born Andrea Aiuti received his education at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, obtaining doctorates in philosophy, theology and canon law. Ordained priest in September 1871, he was named secretary to Msgr. Cesare Roncetti, Apostolic Internuncio in Brazil and later chargé d'affaires of the latter internunciature. Attached to the Secretariat for the Affairs of the Oriental Church within the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide and named Privy Chamberlain...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Family Vault.
Albanese, Francesco b. August 13, 1912 d. June 11, 2005 Opera Singer. A lyric tenor, he had a two decade-long career that saw him perform in a number of leading venues. A native of Naples, he initially studied in Boston where he won a major vocal competition, then in Rome with Francesco Salfi. Albanese began performing Neapolitan Songs, for which he was known throughout his life, and cut his first records around 1937. He made his June 10, 1940 operatic bow as Evander from Gluck's "Alceste" at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, then remained at that theatre...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Flaminio, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Aleramo, Sibilla b. August 14, 1876 d. January 13, 1960 Author, Social Reformer. Born Rina Faccio in Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, her first novel, "A Woman" was published in 1906 and republished in 1973. It gained wide acclaim for it's autobiographical telling the story of her escape from a forced marriage to a man who had raped her and of her struggle to live independently as a woman and a writer at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her other works include "Diary of a Woman," "Moving and Being," "The Crossing" and "Letters." (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Section 61
Allegri, Gregorio b. 1582 d. February 7, 1652 Singer, Composer. Born in Rome, he sang tenor at the Cathedral in Fermo from 1607 until 1628, when he joined Rome's prestigious Papal Choir. It was for this group that he composed his famous "Miserere" (c. 1636). It has been sung at the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week every year since. The Vatican refused to let Allegri publish the "Miserere" and its mysterious harmonies were kept a closely guarded secret until 1770, when a 14 year-old Wolfgang Mozart wrote it down from memory after hearing...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa Nuova, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Chapel of St. Philip Neri
Allemand-Lavigerie, Cardinal. Charles Martial b. October 31, 1825 d. November 26, 1892 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Bayonne, Charles Martial Allemand-Lavigerie was ordained priest on June 2, 1849 in Paris and for almost seven years he lectured at the theological faculty of Paris and later at the university of Sorbonne, of which he was named titular of the chair of Church history. Director of 'L'Oeuvre des Écoles d'Orient', Lavigerie was soon decorated with the Légion d'honneur, appointed auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota and named domestic prelate of His Holiness on...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Maison Généralice Missionnaires d'Afrique, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Crypt Of The General Curia Of The Society Of The Missionaries Of Africa.
Almirante, Italia b. June 4, 1890 d. September 16, 1941 Actress. Considered one of the great divas of the Italian silent cinema, she was born into a family of actors. Beginning her career at a young age she started performing with various theatrical companies. She made her film debut starring in the film "Maria di Magdala" (1910) directed by Mario Caserini, which was followed by films such as "Il poverello di Assisi" (1911) and "Sul sentiero della vipera" (1912). The fame came with the film "Cabiria" (1914) by Giovanni Pastrone, which...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Amendola, Ferruccio b. July 22, 1930 d. September 3, 2001 Actor, dubber. The nephew of director/writer Mario Amendola, he made his cinema debut in the early 1930s. After years of revue stage, cinema and TV, he devoted himself almost exclusively to dubbing and he gave his voice to some of the biggest male stars in Hollywood; including Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the Italian versions of their movies. He also dubbed Sylvester Stallone in the "Rocky" and "Rambo" films and Bill Cosby in his long-running television comedy show. (Bio by: MC) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Andreotti, Giulio b. January 14, 1919 d. May 6, 2013 Italian Statesman. He will be remembered for being one of the leading exponents of the party of Democrazia Cristiana and as protagonist of Italian and international political life throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Graduated in Law in 1941 at the Università La Sapienza in Rome, he was a member of the Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana, Director of the Catholic magazine Azione Fucina and from 1946, youngest deputy of the Constituent Assembly of Italy. During his...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Angelico, Fra b. 1395 d. February 18, 1455 Early Italian Renaissance Artist. Known to contemporaries as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (Brother John of Fiesole) and Fra Giovanni Angelico (Angelic Brother John), he was born Guido di Pietro at Rupecanina, in the Mugello region of the then Republic of Florence, in present-day Italy. Nothing is known of his childhood or his parents. In October 1417 he joined a religions confraternity at the Santa Maria del Carmine Church in Florence under his birth name. By this time he was already recognized as a...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Antonelli, Cardinal. Giacomo b. April 2, 1806 d. November 6, 1876 Roman Catholic Cardinal. An Italian lay Cardinal who served among others as Papal Secretary of State from 1848 until his death, Giacomo Antonelli played a key role in Italian politics, resisting the Unification of Italy and effecting Roman Catholic interests in European affairs, leading thus many to call him the "Italian Richelieu". A native of Sonnino, near Terracina, he came from a then recently enriched family of merchants. Receiving his education at the Collegio Romano, the Seminario Romano...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Family Chapel.
Augusta, Livia Drusilla Born in 58 B.C. to a powerful and ancient Claudian family, and later married to Cesar Octavian. She was the first woman in Roman history to be actively and influentially involved in all major decisions during her husband's 45-year reign. She was extraordinarily wealthy, and managed her property and assets carefully. Her husband elevated her above all others when he placed statues of her around the city. Her grace, charm and wit served him well in diplomatic affairs. She was considered the...[Read More] (Bio by: Amorifera) Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy GPS coordinates: 41.9061089, 12.4763899 (hddd.dddd)
Aurelius, Marcus Roman Emperor and Philosopher. He was born in 121 AD, and, along with Lucius Verus, he was adopted as a son of heir the Emperor Antoninus Pius in 138 AD. As a young man he studied philosophy, particularly the stoic Epicetus, and was made consul for the first time in 140 AD. On Pius's death in 161 AD he and Verus were made joint Emperors, with Verus commanding the legions in the east and Aurelius ruling from Rome. He passed laws to improve the situation of slaves, widows and children and...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Hadrian, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
Baduario, Cardinal. Bonaventura b. June 22, 1332 d. July 10, 1381 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born to a noble family in Padova, many are the forms in which his name is presented by his biographers. Known as the "Cardinal of Padua", having entered the Order of the Eremites of Saint Augustine at a very early age, he started his career as a professor at the University of Paris. Pope Innocent VI entrusted him with the foundation of a college at the University of Bologna. Elected prior general of his Order in Verona on May 17, 1377, Pope Gregory XI sent him as his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica di Sant'Agostino, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Cappella di San Nicola da Tolentino.
Balbinus Roman Emperor. He was born into a patrician family in approximately 165 AD and served twice as consul, in 203 AD and 211 AD, when he was colleague to the Emperor Caracalla. He acquired a reputation as a poet, orator and magistrate, before serving on a committee to co-ordinate operations against Maximinus Thrax on behalf of the joint Emperors Gordian I and Gordian II. The senate then voted him co-Emperor with Pupianus, with the young Gordian III as their colleague. Pupianus oversaw the campaign...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Via Appia, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Tomb of Babinus
Barbato, Elisabetta b. September 11, 1921 d. February 1, 2014 Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano who performed in major venues on both sides of the Atlantic, she is perhaps best remembered for interpreting the title heroine of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca". Raised in Rome from early childhood, she began her vocal training in 1939 with Maria Angucci in Bologna, continued with Luigi Ricci in Rome, made her December 25, 1944 professional bow as Garsenda in a Rome Opera production of Riccardo Zandonai's "Francesca di Rimini", and in 1946 provided Anna Magnani's...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy