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, Cittą 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, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Lombardo, Rosalia b. December 13, 1918 d. December 6, 1920 Subject of Advanced Embalming. 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 so 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...[Read More] Cimitero dei Cappuccini, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana 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, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Beneath The Pavement Of The Chapel Of Santa Rosalia.
of Aragon, Constance b. 1179 d. June 23, 1222 Royalty, Queen of Hungary, Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Sicily. Born the daughter of Alfonso II of Aragon and his first wife Sancha of Castile. In 1198 she was married to Emmerich (Imre) of Hungary and Croatia and gave birth to her only child with him a year later. Ladislas III (Lįszló III) succeeded his father in 1204, but died six months after being crowned. Soon after Emmerich's death Friedrichs engagement to her sister Sancha was dissolved and the negotiations for a marriage between...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: In a sarcophagus beside Friedrich
of Sicily, Constance b. November 2, 1154 d. November 27, 1198 Sicilian Monarch. The posthumous daughter of King Roger II of Sicily, she married Prince Heinrich in 1186. Heinrich's father Friedrich Barbarossa died in 1190 and Constance and Heinrich were crowned Emperor and Empress. In December 1194 she gave birth to a son who was named after his two grandfathers, Friedrich Roger. After Heinrich's death she went to Sicily and renounced her sons claims for the German kingship and empire and placed him under the protection of Pope Innocent III. She died one...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Pappalardo, Cardinal. Salvatore Ignazio b. September 23, 1918 d. December 10, 2006 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of the small town Villafranca Sicula, Salvatore Pappalardo entered the Pontifical Roman Seminary, successively furthering his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and the Pontifical Lateran Athenaeum. Ordained priest on April 12, 1941 in Rome by Msgr. Luigi Traglia, in the same ceremony was ordained Msgr. Giovanni Canestri, future Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa. Following his ordination, he pursued further studies...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Left Side Wall Of The Chapel Of Santa Cristina.
Rosalia, Saint b. 1130 d. 1166 Roman Catholic Saint. Patron Saint of Palermo, "La Santuzza" Rosalia Sinibaldi was born to a noble Norman family descending from Charlemagne, the daughter of Sinibald, a feudal lord. Seeking religious life, she she took refuge in the convent of the Basilian nuns in Palermo but having been promised by her parents to a Count Baldwin, she could find no peace such that she ran away and lived for the rest of her life in a cave as a hermit, first on Mount Quisquina and then on Mount Pellegrino, where...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santuario di Santa Rosalia, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Ruffini, Cardinal. Ernesto b. January 19, 1888 d. June 11, 1967 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of San Benedetto Po, Ernesto Ruffini entered seminary at the early age of ten in Mantua, where he was ordained priest by the local bishop in July 1910. Pursuing his studies in Rome and Jerusalem as a student of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, he earned a diploma in Biblical Science and two licentiates in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and from the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Longtime...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa della Madonna dei Rimedi, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Left Side Of The Madonna Altar.
Scalesi, Mario b. February 16, 1892 d. March 13, 1922 Poet. Born to a poor family of emigrants in the Bab Souika area, the sixth son of a Sicilian tramway worker and a Genoese of Maltese origins who worked as a street sweeper, Mario Scalesi appeared to be in frail health since his early days. Falling down the stairs of the 'fondouk' where his family resided, he broke his spine and never recovered from injuries sustained, which left him hunchbacked and deformed. Tuberculosis and meningitis attacks kept undermining his life, finally shaking his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Santa Maria dei Rotoli, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Vella, Abate Giuseppe b. 1749 d. May, 1814 Maltese born Sicilian Folk Figure. Born on the island of Malta, Giuseppe Vella was the fourth and youngest child of a clockmaker who was also the custodian of the clocks of the conventual church of Saint John's and the Grand Master's Palace of the Knights of Saint John in Valletta. Frequenting the Dominican College of Study at his native Valletta, Giuseppe passed his examinations in 1763 being soon received as 'cappellano d'obbedienza' in the Order of Saint John. Travelling to Rome in 1780 and...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa di San Matteo al Cassaro, Palermo, Cittą Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Cappella dell'Angelo Custode.