Bergonzi, Carlo b. July 13, 1924 d. July 25, 2014 Opera Singer. A largely self-taught lyrico spinto tenor who certainly never looked the part of a romantic lead, he is remembered for performing the principal roles of the tenor repertoire for close to half a century. The child of a cheese maker, he was raised in Northern Italy and learned to sing in church. During World War II, he served in the Italian Army but was caught in anti-Nazi activities and spent three years in a German P.O.W. camp. After the conflict he determined to have a career in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero di Vidalenzo, Parma, Provincia di Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Biffi, Cardinal. Giacomo b. June 13, 1928 d. July 11, 2015 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a bookbinder, Giacomo Biffi was born in Milan and entered seminary there. Obtaining a licentiate and a doctorate in theology, he was ordained priest by Blessed Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster in his native city on December 23, 1950. Appointed to the teaching staff of the seminary of Milan, in 1960 he was named pastor of the populous parish of Ss. Martiri Anauniani of Legnano, a position he held until 1969 when he was transferred to the parish of Sant'...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Pietro, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Borgia, Lucrezia b. April 18, 1480 d. June 24, 1519 Italian Aristocracy. Born in Rome, the third child of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and his mistress Vanozza dei Cattanei. She stayed in her mother's house for three years before she and her brothers were removed to the care of a Borgia cousin, Adriana de Mila. Like most women of the age, she was little more than a pawn. At eleven she was betrothed to Don Cherubin de Centelles; the betrothal, however, was broken almost immediately, and Lucrezia was married by proxy to Don Gasparo de Procida. In...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Convento del Corpus Domini, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Brunt, John Henry Cound b. December 6, 1922 d. December 10, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Priestweston, England, he served as a Captain in command of D Company, the Royal Lincolnshires, British Army. On December 9, 1944, Captain Brunt was in command of a platoon holding a vital sector of the line at Faenza, Italy. The German 90 Panzer Grenadier Division attacked Captain Brunt's position with the situation critical and his the anti-tank defenses being destroyed. Captain Brunt rallied his remaining men and moving to an alternative...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Faenza War Cemetery, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III. A. 8.
Calamai, Clara b. September 7, 1909 d. September 21, 1998 Actress. "Black star" of Italian movies. She reached the greatest fame thanks to a scandal, while in 'La cena delle beffe' of Blasetti, she showed her breast. The top of her 'dark lady fame' came in 1942, when she played in Luchino Visconti's 'Ossessione' from Caine's the Postman Always Rings Twice, here in neorealist version. She is best remembered for "Ettore Fieramosca," "Queen of Navarra," "Henry IV" and "Deep Red." (Bio by: Mauro Enrico) Rimini Cemetery, Rimini, Provincia di Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Cicognani, Cardinal. Gaetano b. November 26, 1881 d. February 5, 1962 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The second of seven children of whom four reached adulthood, Gaetano Cicognani was the child of a humble fish vendor and shopkeeper. Entering seminary in Faenza, following his ordination to the priesthood in 1904, he moved to Rome, pursuing his studies at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare and the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, earning doctorates in philosophy, theology, and canon and civil laws. Assigned to the tribunal of the Sacred Roman Rota in 1910...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Collegiata di San Michele Arcangelo, Brisighella, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Conforti, Saint Guido Maria b. March 30, 1865 d. November 5, 1931 Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Saint Francis Xavier Foreign Mission Society, Casalora di Ravadese born Monsignor Guido Maria Conforti was the eighth of ten children born to an agriculture family. Receiving his first education under the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Parma, on his way to school, he developed the habit of stopping to pray in front of a large Crucifix inside the church of Santa Maria della Pace. Feeling called to become a priest, he entered seminary in Parma, then...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Casa Madre dei Missionari Saveriani, Parma, Provincia di Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Centro dell'abside della chiesa.
Constantius III Roman Emperor. He was the power behind the throne for much of the reign of the Emperor Honorius and saved much of the Western Empire from falling to the barbarians. He first rose to power as "Master of Soldiers" under Honorius at a time when the Western Empire was under attack by Alaric and Athaulf. In addition, Constantine III and his son Constans Augusti in Gaul and Maximus in Spain had declared themselves as rival Emperors to Honorius. He marched into Gaul and drove out Gerontius, Maximus'...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: To the left of the sarcophagus of Galla Placidia.
Crescini, Cardinal. Remigio b. May 5, 1757 d. July 20, 1830 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Piacenza born Remigio Crescini entered the Order of Saint Benedict at the abbey of Montecassino where he was ordained to the priesthood. Successively, he lectured theology and canon law in both Rome and Piacenza. Elected president general and abbot of the Benedictine monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista of Parma, he went on to serve as rector of local Collegio dei Nobili, being eventually elected bishop of the locality on June 23, 1828. Receiving his episcopal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Parma, Parma, Provincia di Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cappella di Sant'Agata.
Damiani, Saint. Peter b. 1007 d. February 21, 1072 Roman Catholic Cardinal and Saint. Ravenna born Peter Damiani came from a once noble family that eventually impoverished. Studying liberal arts and law in his native city and later in Faenza and Parma, he entered the Order of Saint Benedict through the Camaldolese Congregation in 1035 at their monastery of Fonte Avellana, Gubbio. Elected prior and abbot of the latter, Pope Stephen IX created him against his will cardinal bishop of Ostia in the consistory March 14, 1058, receiving his episcopal...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di Faenza, Faenza, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy