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, Provincia 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, Provincia 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, Provincia 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, Provincia di Messina, 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, Provincia 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, Provincia di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
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, Provincia di Messina, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Next to the image of the Virgin Mary, in accordance with his wishes.
Francica-Nava de Bontifè, Cardinal. Giuseppe b. July 23, 1846 d. December 7, 1928 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Catania born Giuseppe Francica-Nava de Bontifè entered seminary in Caltanissetta, later pursuing his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Nobles in Rome, obtaining doctorates in theology, philosophy and utroque iuris in both civil and canon laws, being in the meantime ordained priest in May 1869. Back in Caltanissetta he was soon named rector of the seminary, pro-vicar and successively vicar general of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, Catania, Provincia di Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Giuliano, Salvatore 'Turiddu' b. November 16, 1922 d. July 5, 1950 Bandit and Folk Figure. Salvatore Giuliano was born in Montelepre as the fourth child of Salvatore and Maria Giuliano and was nicknamed Turiddu or Turi. He had a decent primary education, but then went to work on his father's land at the age of thirteen. He transported olive oil and worked as a telephone repairman and on road construction. He was called into the Italian army, but the US invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky) prevented his actual enlistment. He became involved in the wartime...[Read More] (Bio by: salvatore bologna) Cimitero di Montelepre Cimitero Comunale, Montelepre, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Muntilepri
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, Provincia 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.
Lombardo, Rosalia b. 1918 d. December 6, 1920 Rosalia Lombardo was an Italian child born in 1918 in Palermo, Sicily. She died on December 6 1920. It is thought that she died from a bronchial infection. Rosalia's father was sorely grieved upon her death that he approached Dr. Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to preserve her. She was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily. Thanks to Dr. Salafia's embalming techniques, the body has been well-preserved and appeared so lifelike that until...[Read More] Cimitero dei Cappuccini, Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Lualdi, Cardinal. Alessandro b. August 12, 1858 d. November 12, 1927 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Milan, Alessandro Lualdi and received his education at the local seminary and later in Rome, at the Theological Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas and at the Seminario Lombardo, earning doctorates in theology, philosophy and canon law. Ordained priest on October 30, 1880 in Milan, he was appointed to the teaching staff of the local seminary and later of the Vatican Seminary and the Collegio Leonino in Rome. Rector of the Collegio Lombardo between 1894 and 1904...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Beneath The Pavement Of The Chapel Of Santa Rosalia.
Musco, Angelo b. October 18, 1872 d. October 6, 1937 Film and Stage Actor. Considered a legend of the theater and of Italian cinema. He began working in theater at the age of sixteen with the puppet theater, the Sicilian traditional theater. In 1884 was hired by the marionettes company of Michele Insanguine. In 1889, he came into contact with the world of variety theater and worked in several Sicilian theaters until 1899, when he joined the theater company of Giovanni Grasso who played mainly in dialect. In 1902, he started his collaboration with...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cimitero Monumentale di Catania, Catania, Provincia di Catania, Sicilia, Italy