Agatha of Sicily b. 231 Roman Catholic Saint. Patron Saint of Catania, Malta, breast cancer patients, wet nurses, fire, earthquakes, and the eruptions of Mt. Etna. According to legend, Agatha was born c. 231 into a wealthy family. A beautiful young woman, she dedicated her life and her virginity to God. She caught the eye of Roman magistrate Quintianus. When Agatha rejected his advances, Quintianus sent her to a brothel for a month. When she refused to accept customers, she was assaulted and tortured. However...[Read More] (Bio by: Red Queen) Badia di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Anselmi, Albert b. July 15, 1883 d. May 8, 1929 Organized Crime Figure. Born in Marsala, Sicily in 1884, Albert Anselmi became involved with the Mafia early in his life. Escaping the relatives of one of his murder victims, he fled to America around 1912 and entered the country illegally through the Gulf Coast, eventually settling on "The Hill", the Italian community of St. Louis. By the beginning of Prohibition, Anselmi had moved on to Chicago, working for the six Genna brothers in Little Italy. Contrary to common belief, it was here that he...[Read More] (Bio by: Dennis Rice) Cause of death: Murdered with a baseball bat by Al Capone. Cimitero Comunale di Marsala, Marsala, Provincia di Trapani, Sicilia, Italy
Bellini, Vincenzo b. November 3, 1801 d. September 23, 1835 Composer. His operas "Norma" (1831) and "La Sonnambula" (1831) are outstanding works of the Italian "bel canto" style. The title role of "Norma" is considered the most difficult in the soprano repertoire. His music had a profound influence on Giuseppe Verdi. Bellini was born in Catania, Sicily, the son and grandson of musicians. He showed early talent and a Sicilian nobleman paid for him to study at the San Sebastiano Conservatory in Naples. His first opera, "Adelson e Salvini" , was...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Carpino, Cardinal. Francesco b. May 18, 1905 d. October 5, 1993 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Palazzolo Acreide born Francesco Carpino was the third of five children of Salvatore Carpino, owner of a small rural estate, and his wife Maria Odigitria Cascino. Entering seminary in Noto, he later moved to Rome, furthering his studies at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, earning doctorates in philosophy and theology and a licentiate in canon law. Back in Sicily, he was appointed to the teaching staff of the seminary of Noto until reaching the canonical age for the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Città Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Chapel Of Santa Cristina, In Front Of The Altar Steps.
Celesia, Cardinal. Michelangelo Pietro Geremia b. January 13, 1814 d. April 14, 1904 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of the Marchese of Sant'Antonino, Palermitan born Pietro Geremia Celesia entered the Order of St. Benedict at the Monastery of San Martino delle Scale of Monreale, receiving the religious name of Michelangelo. Taking his solemn vows on January 15, 1835, he was ordained priest on July 24, 1836. Lecturing philosophy at his abbey, of which subject he soon became dean, he furthermore lectured dogmatic theology and acted as master of novices, prior to his appointment...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Città Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Celi, Adolfo b. July 27, 1922 d. February 19, 1986 Actor. He was a popular International character performer best remembered for his role as Emilio Largo in "Thunderball" (1965) and as the Italian race car owner Agostini Manetta in "Grand Prix" (1966). A veteran of over a 100 films, his credits include "Von Ryan's Express" (1965), "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965), "Grand Slam" (1967), "Murder in the Rue Morgue" (1971), "The Devil is a Woman" (1974) and "Holocaust 2000" (1977). He also directed several successful South American films such as "...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Messina Town Cemetery, Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Citti, Franco b. April 23, 1935 d. January 14, 2016 Actor. Well-known to film audiences as Calo in "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part III". He came to fame in acting in the 1961 Pier Paolo Pasolini film "Accattone". He would become "the face of Pasolini's films" with roles in such films as " Mamma Roma", "Edipo Re", "Pigsty" and "The Decameron". He also appeared in several comedies produced by his brother Sergio Citti, who worked with Pasolini, and they would include "Ostia" (1970), "Bawdy Tales" (1973), "Beach House" (1977), "Il...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Cimitero di Santa Ninfa, Santa Ninfa, Provincia di Trapani, Sicilia, Italy
de Torres, Cardinal. Ludovico b. 1552 d. July 8, 1609 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Rome, Ludovico de Torres came from a noble Spanish family from Málaga. Studying law at the Universities of Perugia and Bologna, he earned a doctorate in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws. Moving to Monreale, where his uncle Monsignor Luigi was the local ordinary, he was named vicar general in 1572. Back in Rome, he acted as vicar of San Lorenzo in Damaso and canon of the chapter of the Patriarchal Liberian Basilica. Charged by the Pontiff with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Monreale, Monreale, Città Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Cappella San Castrense.
Dusmet, Cardinal. Giuseppe Benedetto b. August 15, 1818 d. April 4, 1894 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born to a noble family of Flanders origin, Giuseppe Maria Dusmet was the eldest son of Marquis Luigi Dusmet and Marquise Maria Dragoneti. Admitted to the school attached to the Benedictine abbey of San Martino delle Scale in Monreale, in 1832 his father made him return to Naples, where the family had by then settled, out of concern that his son was going to follow an ecclesiastical vocation, however less than two years later Giuseppe went back to the abbey when his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Città Metropolitana di Catania, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Altare della Vergine Corredentrice.
Fasola, Archbishop. Francesco b. February 23, 1898 d. July 1, 1988 Roman Catholic Archbishop. Born in northern Italy to a family of farmers of poor economic means, due to which the father, Candido, was forced to leave the country to the United States of America seeking better opportunities, where he remained for approximately ten years, Francesco Fasola entered seminary at an early age on the island of San Giulio and was ordained priest for the diocese of Novara in June 1921. Joining the Oblates of Saints Charles and Gaudentius of Novara, a then reeently...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Duomo di Messina, Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Next to the image of the Virgin Mary, in accordance with his wishes.
Franco, Bishop. Antonio b. September 26, 1585 d. September 2, 1626 Roman Catholic Bishop. Neapolitan born Monsignor Antonio Franco came from a noble family of French origins, the third child of Orlando Franco and Francesca Pisana di Antonio. Earning a doctorate in both civil and canon laws on September 23, 1602 at the young age of seventeen, having not yet reached the canonical age for priesthood ordination, his father sent him to Rome in order to pursue studies in ecclesiastics. However, less than a year later, on his parents' orders, he moved to Madrid to...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica Cattedrale di S. Lucia del Mela, Santa Lucia del Mela, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Sotto l'Altare del Crocifisso nella navata sinistra.
Guarino, Cardinal. Giuseppe b. March 6, 1827 d. September 22, 1897 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Montedoro, Giuseppe Guarino was baptized by his uncle Father Pietro Guarino, who happened to be the local parish priest. Entering seminary in Agrigento, he was ordained priest in September 1849 with a special dispensation having not yet reached the canonical age. Secretary of the Tribunale di Monarchia e Apostolica Legazia of Palermo, between 1861 and 1871 he served as dean of the faculty of canon law at the University of Palermo. Elected Archbishop of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Casa Madre Apostole della Sacra Famiglia, Messina, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy
Jacono, Bishop. Giovanni b. March 14, 1873 d. May 26, 1957 Roman Catholic Bishop. Ragusa born Giovanni Jacono worked as a bricklayer after school hours until being noticed by the local headmaster, who helped him apply for a grant from the municipality which led him to enter the technical school of of the city. Feeling called to the priesthood, following his military service, he asked Cardinal Giuseppe Francica-Nava de Bontifè's permission as archbishop of Catania, to enter seminary. Noticing his devoutness and intelligence, he accepted him with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di S. Giovanni, Ragusa, Provincia di Ragusa, Sicilia, Italy
La Lomia, Agostino b. January 30, 1905 d. January 21, 1978 Sicilian Folk Figure. Born to Salvatore La Lomia and Anna Giudice in Canicattì, Agostino La Lomia was the last Sicilian 'Gattopardo' who as Duke of Giantonina and Baron of Renda, Carbuscia and Torrazze, 'signore' of Giantonina and lay abbot of the abbey of Giacchetto, vice president of the Banco di Credito Siciliano and commander of the Crown of Italy, loved good life and always saw that he was present in large mundane events. A bizarre man, famous for his detailed anecdotes which he recited...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Canicattì, Canicatti, Provincia di Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Cappella Gentilizia.
La Vecchia, Archbishop. Benedetto b. July 2, 1813 d. March 6, 1896 Roman Catholic Archbishop. A native of Canicattì, Rosario La Vecchia came from a family of modest means. Entering the Franciscan Observant Order in Palermo at an early age, receiving the habit and religious name of Benedetto at Alcamo, he was ordained priest on May 20, 1837. Earning degrees in theology and philosophy, elected guardian of the friary of Santa Maria di Gesù of his native Canicattì and successively provincial of his Order for the Val di Mazara, he distinguished himself for his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Duomo della Natività di Maria Santissima, Syracuse, Provincia di Siracusa, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Cappella della Madonna della Neve.