V., Pope. Sixtus b. December 13, 1520 d. August 27, 1590 Roman Catholic Pope. He served as head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1585 to 1590. A tireless worker, best remembered for completing the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, building the Vatican Library and for erecting a series of obelisks in key places throughout Rome including St. Peter's Square. He was one of the great figures of the Counter Reformation. Born Felice Peretti in 1520 into a poor family in Grottammare, Italy, at age 12 he entered the Franciscan order, receiving a Doctor Degree in...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Cause of death: Malaria Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Blessed Sacrament/Sistine Chapel GPS coordinates: 41.8974991, 12.4986095 (hddd.dddd)
II., Saint. Sixtus Roman Catholic Pope and Saint. Sixtus II became the 24th Pope in the year 257 when he was elected Pope on August 31, 257. His reign ended when he was martyred in Rome on August 6, 258, the date being confirmed by a letter from St. Cyprian who a short time later was also martyred. He was killed when he was beheaded as he said mass in one of the catacombs under the city of Rome. (Bio by: Saratoga) Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: AKA-Catacombs of Saint Callistus on the Appian Way
II., Pope. Sylvester d. May 12, 1003 Pope. Born in Auvergne (France). Elected April 2, 999, his pontificate lasted about 4 years and crossed the threshold of the famous year 1000, which was considered crucial for the Last Judgment: people used to say: one thousand and not one thousand more. Silvester II tried to stem immoral behaviour. He was extremely learned and introduced the use of Arab numbers. He is said to have invented the balance-wheel, which was used till 1640 and then replaced by the pendulum clock. Silvester II was the...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy GPS coordinates: 41.8859100, 12.5061598 (hddd.dddd)
VII., Pope. Urban b. August 4, 1521 d. September 27, 1590 Roman Catholic Pope. Giambattista Castagna, the son of a Genoese nobleman, was born in Rome. His mother was the sister of Cardinal Jacovazzi. He graduated with a doctorate in civil and canon law. In 1553, Pope Julius II appointed him Archbishop of Rossano. He was ordained a priest later in the month. Castagna held other offices in the Church throughout his life; Governor of Perugia and Umbria, papal nuncio to Spain, papal nuncio to Venice and Consultor of the Holy Office and the Ecclesiastical...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank McGady) Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy
, 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