, 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
Adrian VI (Adriaan Florisz Boeyens) b. March 2, 1459 d. September 14, 1523 Roman Catholic Pope. Also known as Hadrian VI, he served as Pope from 1522 to 1523. Born Adrian Florisz in Heiligen Römischen Reich Deutscher, Netherlands/Germany alliance, he attempted to reform the Catholic Church to face the challenges posed by the Protestant Reformation, but the attempted reforms of his brief term in office were largely opposed or ignored. He was the only pope from the Netherlands and the last non-Italian pope until John Paul II in 1978. Italians saw him as a pedantic...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cause of death: Malaria Santa Maria dell' Anima Church, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Left side of sanctuary
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
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
Angelini, Cardinal. Fiorenzo b. August 1, 1916 d. November 22, 2014 Roman Catholic Cardinal. He completed the necessary requirements for the priesthood and was ordained in 1940. From 1947 until 1954, he served as Master of Pontifical Ceremonies and in 1956, he was named Titular Bishop of Messene. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Rome by Pope Paul VI and in 1985, he became President of Rome Vicariate's section for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. In 1991, he was elevated to Cardinal by Pope John Paul II and served as Titular Deacon of Holy Spirt in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Casa Madre e Generalizia dei Riparatrici, Bassano Romano, Provincia di Viterbo, Lazio, Italy Plot: Main Chapel Of The Mother House
Anterus Roman Catholic Pope. Anterus served as Pope from November 21, 235 until his death on January 3, 236. It is thought that he was martyred for having ordered a collection of the acts of the Martyrs to be made and included in the archives of the church. He was the first Pope to be buried in the Catacombs of Saint Callistus. In the 16th century what was left of his ashes were removed to the Church of San Silvestro in Capite at the direction of Pope Clement VIII. (Bio by: Saratoga) Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: AKA-Catacombs of Saint Callistus on the Appian Way